The White Pine Cooperative Extension held a Drone Discovery Day last week. This activity brought together children, community volunteers, educators and a representative from the GRP Pan LLC together for children from 4th grade to 12th grade.

Photo by McKenna Barney

Photo by McKenna Barney

Participants first learned what drones are, explored flight dynamics and flight principles. They were guided through simulations where they learned about practical engineering solutions to real world problems by creating their own scenarios using drones to improve their community and to envision themselves as future scientists and engineers. The event ended with a live demonstration from GRP Pan LLC.

The objective was to introduce young people and spark an interest in the opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education or better known as STEM through a Drone Discovery Challenge. Nevada STEM “pipeline” program was created in an effort to increase the number of students interested in pursuing college

Photo by Jasmine Shoning

Photo by Jasmine Shoning

degrees with the goal of strengthening our future workforce and economic development in the state.

With Nevada being one of the most urban and rural states in the nation, the need for the state to create new opportunities in Nevada for workforce development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is vital.

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