25 June 2024

New drone program set to take off

Cobram Anglican Grammar School thrilled to announce the exciting integration of drone technology into educational curriculum.

This initiative ensures that we are providing innovative learning opportunities for our students, and we couldn't be more enthusiastic about the possibilities it brings!

A big thank you firstly goes out to our wonderful Parents and Friends group (P&F) for their generous contribution of $2500 towards the purchase of 10 Tello EDU micro drones.

These funds were raised through the P&F’s hugely successful Easter Raffle in Term One, and we extend our gratitude to every member of our school community who supported this fundraiser by purchasing raffle tickets. It's fantastic to see how these efforts directly enhance the learning opportunities for our students.

P&F President Liliana Novoa said the group were delighted to be able contribute meaningfully towards the purchase of these drones. 

"The P&F were very happy to support such an exciting and innovative program. We love using funds raised for projects that will benefit students with different interests across various parts of the school," Mrs Novoa said.

The program will initially be aimed at students in Year 5 through to Year 10. The younger students will have the chance to engage hands-on with the drones as we implement the first phase of this program. Our long-term vision is to expand the program progressively, aiming to enable students in Year 11 and Year 12 to attain a Certificate 3 in Aviation (Remote Pilot) in the coming years.

Cobram AGS Principal, Mr Keith Willett, expressed his excitement about the addition of drones to the learning curriculum. "This initiative reflects our school's commitment to providing a quality education that meets the demands of industry best practice and embraces modern technologies that will shape our future workforce.”

The drone program is designed to offer students a comprehensive learning experience that goes beyond the basics of flying. They will delve into the intricacies of robotics, aviation safety and regulations, and the vast applications of drone technology. Drones are already having a huge impact in industries such as agriculture, photography, search and rescue, and environmental monitoring. By introducing drones to our curriculum, students will develop fundamental skills and gain valuable insights and into these real-world applications, broadening their understanding of potential career pathways that rely on the use of drones.

As part of the program students will gain hands-on experience in:

- Understanding the safety, rules, and laws surrounding drone operation
- Learning to fly drones in a secure environment
- Acquiring surveying and mapping skills
- Exploring aerial photography and videography
- Developing problem-solving abilities and teamwork skills

We are incredibly excited about the positive impact this program will have on our students' education and future careers. The sky's the limit as we embark on this new educational journey of technological exploration at Cobram AGS!

If you missed our recent appearance on WIN News Shepparton, you can watch the feature on our new drone program by clicking the link below: