Drones are everywhere. In the past couple of years the commercial availability of drones has risen whilst their prices have dropped, this has led to this past year being the Year of the Drone, with the gadget high on many people's Christmas list. In the past year many of our pupils have been bought drones.
In the past year there has been a huge amount of interest shown in drone racing as a sport, with the Drone Racing League, the National Drone Racing Championships and the Dubai World Drone Prix forming. In fact the Dubai World Drone Prix had a prize winning pot of $1 million, a record for the fledgling sport, which was won by a British 'pilot'.
As teachers we should encourage our pupils to take part in whatever interests them and so in this spirit our school purchased 3 Hubsan X4 H107C to develop their basic piloting skills, 2 Hubsan X4 Mini FPV to develop their first person flying skills, 2 Boblov Eachine FPV flight goggles and a few air-gates to practice our skills.
Our Digital Leaders have been looking through the resources and have helped to plan a sequence of lessons with the intention of starting our own Drone Racing League, potentially starting an inter-school competition in the near future.
For those unaware of FPV Drone flying the process involves flying drones whilst wearing FPV (First Person View) googles. It is an unsettling, dreamlike experience but once you get used to it, it truly an immersive and engaging experience.
Our hope is that should sport does take off we are providing our pupils with the resources and skills needed to compete in the sport and maybe create future pilots. We will be sharing our experiences right here at the Discovery Future Technology site.