Initial Publication Date: May 26, 2017

Workshop Agenda

Monday, July 17

8:30 Introductions and Goals

9:00 Distribute and mark drones and materials
Charge drone batteries 
Discuss safety and civility 
Tour of your drone features

9:30 Ground School and Basic Flight Maneuvers

10:00 Practicing UAV Pilot Skills

Skills to master:

  • Take off, hover (adjust fine tuning for stationary hovering), and land.
  • Fly forward and back, left and right.
  • Spin clockwise and counterclockwise.

10:30 Taking photos and videos with your drone

  • Flight and photo practice.
  • Follow a set course around the room.

11:00 Discussion: What skills and resources do you need to use your drone for STEM learning?

Roadcheck Monday

11:30 Adjourn for the day. Homework: Take some fun pictures with your drone!

Tuesday, July 18

8:30 Good morning! Upload and share pictures from your drones with the group.

9:00 Small groups work through classroom-ready learning activities

10:00 Guest Speaker, via GoToWebinar:

Lindsay "Bar" Barbieri, PhD Student in Natural Resources, University of Vermont
Presentation: Drones, From First Step to Science

10:45 Introduction to sensors: 
What environmental variables can we measure with lightweight sensors? 
Experiment with sensors.

Roadcheck Tuesday

11:30 Adjourn for the day

Wednesday, July 19

8:30 Sharing cool and useful stuff

8:50 Overview of 3D imaging

9:15 Refine / Design / Customize a learning activity for use with your learners

10:30 Incorporate your activity into a post-workshop action plan.

11:00 Sharing of action plans and activity ideas

11:30 Adjourn -- End of Workshop Evaluation


Workshop Materials

Workshop Materials

Workshop presentation

Instruction Manuals:

FAA info on drones:

  • Getting started
  • Know before you fly
  • Learn more about drones and wildfire

Drones in STEM Learning Materials:

UAV learning activities developed by ESIP & UCAR

More resources from 2016 workshops: UAVs in STEM Education - Using drones for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) investigations resources

Making 3D imagery:

Where to fly in Albuquerque (based on July 7, 2017)

Note: It is the UAV pilot's responsibility to follow the rules set by the parks, etc.

Maloof Air Park

8500 81st NW.

7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maloof Air Park is open to all remove control and control line modelers who adhere to the rules and regulations of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).


Arroyo del Oso Park

7001 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

7 a.m. until 3 p.m. M-F, when soccer players or other scheduled activities are not present.

Videos on learning to fly

Example Movie

Carol with Drone_MOVI0000 (Converted).mov (Quicktime Video PRIVATE FILE 8.7MB Jul17 17)

Example Photo