While drone racing is relatively new in South Africa, Drone Racing Africa (DRA) wants to use the sport to teach children STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects this December.
For those that aren’t aware of it, drone racing sees pilots strapping first person view goggles to their heads and piloting a drone around a track. It’s incredibly thrilling but don’t take our word for it, check the video out below.
So how exactly is this beautiful mix of sound and speed supposed to educate children? Well, DRA says that it will be incorporating STEM subjects as it teaches children how to fly a drone.
DRA chief executive officer, Simon Robinson said in a statement, “At DRA, we understand the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) development for children and the theoretical component will be designed with these needs in mind, so that children are educated on both flight theory relevance along with an important application to multiple uses within the wider drone industry as well as the safety and the law that applies to flying drones.”
Throughout December DRA will be hosting Junior Kids Drone Camps in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay. The camps run over two days and are open to children aged 8 – 16. Over the two days participants will learn bacis drone flying theory and get to fly a drone on a custom built race course.
There are two sessions each day (morning and afternoon) and snacks and refreshments will be provided. The one niggle is the price.
The camp costs R1 250 for the two days which isn’t all that bad considering that a new PC/Xbox One/PS4 game costs around the same price.
You can visit the DRA website for more information and we suggest that if you or your child is interested you book your spot soon as space is limited to 15 children per day.
Dates for Junior Drone Camps
Dates: Nov 30th – 3rd Dec
Venue: Redhill School, Sandton
Dates: Dec 5th – 15th
Venue: DRA Barn Constantia
Dates: Dec 17th – 24th
Venue: Plett Primary School