Learning Remote Sensing with Drones

At the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, students are learning about remote sensing, mostly using aircraft or spacecraft. We have looked at many different remote sensing programs, both airborne and spaceborne. We have also coupled this topic with the current earth science topic we are learning, plate tectonics. This past week we had a design challenge where students used remote sensing to make an earthquake warning device. In order to make remote sensing more real, we have also used radio controlled quad-rotor helicopters, or drones, to take photos and videos around our school. Last week’s post featured some photos that students took with drones. Here are a couple more photos, plus check out this YouTube video.

Crew 1, photo, 3-17-16Crew 6, photo, 3-17-16

In the next week, students will learn how satellite orbits vary to meet different remote sensing missions. The week after that, we will look at remote sensing in the ocean, as much of the earth science of plate tectonics is based on oceanic research. The goal with all of these topics is to provide students a rich experience so that what they learn is not a series of sterile topics, isolated from one another, but instead an integrated network of science, technology, engineering and math topics with many connections and applications.

Author: Bryan Holmes, Physics & Math Teacher, STEM Competition Mentor

Starting at Thomaston High School in Thomaston, Connecticut, in fall of 2018.

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