DroneTeam - Making and designing a toy drone through multidisciplinary collaborative work

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This is the age of drones. But do people really know how a drone works, what components it has and what additional components can be assembled to make it more advanced? All of this is important in order to train students for the future because this sector is expected to have an impact in the years to come.

DroneTeam is a project funded by Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union for the period of three years. The project brings together teachers and students in Vocational Education and Training (VET) with various knowledge and a shared global vision to develop professionally. The project’s consortium is composed of four schools in VET and AIJU, the Technological Institute for children’s products and leisure in Spain. The partners are working on the development of practices at the four partnering schools, which add synergies and are supported by the Technological Institute, resulting in high-quality Open Educational Resources (OER). Moreover, this project brings many added benefits since it follows the same steps that are needed in the development of a real and innovative product. Thus, the outcomes of the DroneTeam project can help students develop basic and transversal skills in multidisciplinary teams.

Drones are sparking a new wave of ideas and innovation among teachers. Making use of this trend, DroneTeam aims at inspiring and empowering students with new skills that are required in this new digital age. It is a new way to draw students towards subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). A drone is a powerful tool for the teacher because it demands creativity and motivation from the students. Students can work on assignments related to design, 3D printing, motors, electronics and electricity, batteries, the environment, mechanics, aerodynamics, meteorology, coding and communications, photography and videography and security, as well as developing their vocabulary in English and other languages.

Basic information

Country: Croatia, Poland, Slovenia, Spain

Coordinator: IES la Foia, Spain, http://www.ieslafoia.com/

Programme: Erasmus+

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Target groups: college students, general public, primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, university students, university lecturers, vocational school students, youth clubs

Topic: Aeronautics, Electronics, Engineering, Technology, Education, Other

Start year: 2015

End year: 2018

Url: http://www.droneteamproject.eu/

Contact person: Natxo Segui, Email natxosegui (at) aiju.info

On the Web page of the DroneTeam project (www.droneteamproject.eu) you can download various materials and access the DroneTeam’s e-learning platform, which is available in five languages: English, Spanish, Croatian, Polish and Slovenian. You can also access small training courses that offer you expert knowledge about the world of drones.

Various online courses are developed as part of the DroneTeam project to demonstrate to teachers and students different aspects of drones and their functionalities. These courses include subjects such as:

  • Drone components (videos, posters, etc);
  • Basic assembly;
  • Advanced drone assembly;
  • Drone glossary;
  • How to fly a drone;
  • Wind tunnel tests;
  • Why does a drone fly?
  • Flight simulators;
  • Propeller comparative;
  • Virtual Reality (VR) Simulator;
  • Plastic drone components;
  • 3D CAD Design (with files to download);
  • 3D parts for printing drone parts;
  • Game of Drones - the DronE app – A DroneTeam control app for smartphones;
  • Regulations about drones.

 

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