Drone Safe Register has introduced its Drones for Schools educational programme.
The programme will be aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils (ages 7-11) within the England and Wales school systems and P4 to P7 in Scotland.
It is being made available free of charge to schools and satisfies the national curriculum category for Design and Technology.
It will be delivered by Drone Safe Register’s network of 500 professional and approved drone pilots to over 20,000 target schools in the UK.
DSR members have been provided with course materials and resources needed to deliver the presentation in a school environment.
The scheme has received backing from Jessops, Peter Jones CBE and drone manufacturing leader DJI.
Peter Jones who invested into DSR on Dragons’ Den last year, commented: “I look forward to playing my part in working alongside the DSR Pilots to bring awareness of this incredibly exciting technology to the forefront of the UK mind.”
He added: “The idea of working with the next generation of drone pilots in the school system is something that I am particularly passionate about, and I look forward to seeing our Drones for Schools programme develop over time to provide the opportunity for school children to learn and develop in this exciting area.”
As well as the presentation and accompanying notes, pilots and schools will also receive supporting class worksheets including a short drone knowledge and safety quiz that can lead to a certificate of course completion.
Mark Boyt, DSR’s founder, said: “I have long wanted to use the power of our trained and qualified pilot network across the UK and Ireland to encourage kids in schools to start looking at the opportunities that drones can offer – both in terms of leisure and industry. It’s an ambition that I’m proud to now be realising after taking the time to develop and test a course that I feel reflects the values of DSR, the safety information we’d love the public to know about and also to offer a glimpse into the huge potential of the drone industry.”
He concluded: “For our professional members, this programme offers an excellent, structured and supported opportunity to promote themselves locally in the school aerial photography and video market as well as reaching out to the parents of the kids they will be presenting to. So, it’s a win for everyone.”