Bartow County introduces new drones for STEM

Teachers are bringing drones into the classroom.

GHC partnered with Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers for a staff development workshop on the Cartersville Campus on September 25. Staff and kindergarten through fifth grade teachers from Bartow County came together to learn from GYSTC Regional Director Bob Young about how to promote STEM with the use of drones.

Linda Vernon said, “The main focus is how to use drones within our lesson plans.” While many think of using drones to promote STEM subjects, she hopes to use them with history and related subjects as well. They hope using drones will keep kids engaged.

“I’m hoping to be able to incorporate what I’ve learned today into my own standards,” said Kim Plaskett, fifth grade teacher at Clear Creek Elementary School.

“Counties are pushing for all schools to be STEM certified by the end of the school year,” said Olivia Towe, a Bartow County kindergarten teacher. The teachers learned about the changing drone laws and local legislation being passed at the workshop.

“A certified teacher must oversee anyone using a drone who is uncertified,” said Professor of Biology Sharryse Henderson. Once a school has registered one drone, they can checkout a max of four drones.

Photo by Olivia Fortner
Photo by Olivia Fortner – GYSTC Regional Director Bob Young leads a workshop on Cartersville campus to promote the use of drones to promote STEM subjects.