Tech class finds drones can be work and play

If drones are part of the technology wave of the future, now is the time for the next generation to start learning about them.

A Technology class at the Warren County Christian School is doing just that.

Instructor John Lewis said there are three elements related to drones that make them an interesting curricular topic they are new technology, they are not well-regulated and there are “advantages to understanding principles about use.”

From there, a curriculum was born.

In addition to learning how to fly a drone, one with a maximum range of 1,200 feet and 16 gigabyte of capacity for on-board pictures and video, the students were also tasked with writing position papers that address the legal ramifications of drone use.

Lewis explained that drones present fourth, fifth, and 14th amendment constitutional questions that the students had to explore.

“The products were really good,” he said.

But it was the technology that opened the door.

“How do you get them interested?” he asked, explaining that his students “All have cell phones” and tablet devices. “That technology employs that,” bringing the student’s technology resources into the classroom.

Run via a free app and its own IP address essentially its own mini-network students controlled the drone from a tablet, a cell phone as well as an iPod.

“When you can interest someone with something as a toy,” he said, “it’s a tough area. This is where we’re starting.”

Asked whether the drone was work or play, the students in the class were unanimous both.