This Middle School Created a Drone Education Program

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An $8K state grant helped a Georgia middle school develop a drone education program as part of STEAM innovation education.

A Georgia middle school is gaining recognition for creating a drone education program after winning a state grant aimed at funding student engagement initiatives.

Long Cane Middle School in Troup County, Ga., was one of 39 winners of the state’s Innovation Fund Tiny Grant Program, after they submitted a proposal for a project called “Drone Attack!”

With the help of the $8,000 Tiny Fund grant, the drone education program will give students the opportunity to “learn about the basic aeronautic principles, the ethics of drone use, careers in unmanned aeronautical systems and pathways to university programs of study.”

Gov. Nathan Deal announced the winners on June 29th:

The Innovation Fund Tiny Grant provides funding for educators to develop and share best classroom methods with their peers,” said Deal. “As we encourage Georgia’s students to reach new heights, we must also expand opportunities for more effective academic growth and success in the classroom. Congratulations to the award winners and we look forward to seeing the impact each Tiny Grant will have on the futures of students in Georgia.”

Tiny Fund proposals must align with one of three priority areas:

  • Applied learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) education
  • Development and replication of blended learning school models
  • Birth-to-age-8 language and literacy development

Applications for the next round of Georgia’s Tiny Grants are due by Sept. 1, and school officials can apply on the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement website.

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