VIDEOS

INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS

The Future Workforce Begins with a Spark

Autonomous technologies will transform the way we live, learn and travel. The National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) is the driving force in technician education, addressing the changing workforce skill sets and creating a better public understanding of autonomous technologies. NCAT promotes and provides support to encourage engagement in STEM and autonomous technologies in secondary and post-secondary education, particularly in underserved areas.

US Bank Stadium Industry Partnership

Northland Community and Technical College – a part of Minnesota State partnered with Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to map the outside skin of the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN by drone.

RAD Competition - Preparing the Future Workforce

NCAT sponsored the first Robotic Aerial Drone (RAD) Competition in the Nation! NCAT promotes and provides support to encourage engagement in STEM and autonomous technologies in both secondary and post-secondary education, particularly in underserved areas. The RAD Competition is a great way to get students involved, have fun, and prepare them for the future advanced technical workforce. 

VEX Robotics: Sponsor the Future Workforce

VEX Robotics serves as a vehicle that gives kids the potential to learn and understand STEM skills. VEX Robotics is a tech-heavy program, allowing students to be engaged in the most up-to-date technology. In order to make the program affordable and accessible for all students, VEX needs corporate sponsorships. By becoming a VEX Robotics sponsor, you are helping to create and promote the future highly-skilled technical workforce.

VEX IQ - The Ultimate STEM Experience

VEX IQ is open for kids ages 8-14 and includes both an Elementary and Middle School Division. VEX IQ gives kids the opportunity to be creative and innovative by designing and building robots. Through this experience, they are engaged with other students and build their teamwork and problem-solving skills. The main focus of VEX IQ is not winning or losing, but focuses on teamwork by the teams working together to get the highest score.

VEX ROBOTICS - Giving Students a STEM Experience

VEX Robotics is a student-centered competition that creates career pathways to the STEM field. Students who participate are immersed in the robotics experience which includes programming, troubleshooting and teamwork. How do you know what you want to do with your life, if you’ve never experienced it? VEX gives students a STEM experience by providing them a hands-on opportunity to collaborate and be innovative.

DRONETECH: Mission Preparation Checklist

In this video, Co-PI Zackary Nicklin and DRONETECH Director, Tom Biller go through a mission preparation checklist that must be complete before taking flight.

DRONETECH: Preparing Your Mission Profile

In this video, Co-PI Zackary Nicklin goes through the process of preparing your mission profile before taking flight.

DRONETECH: Take-Off Checklist

In this video, Co-PI Zackary Nicklin and DRONETECH Director, Tom Biller go through the take-off checklist that must be complete before taking flight.

UAS Careers

In this video, NCAT Co-PI Zackary Nicklin talks about his experience in the UAS field ranging from his service in the Army to being an educator. Zack covers the topic of UAS careers and what students can expect in the industry.

WORKSHOP RECORDINGS

Geospatial Applications Session 1.1

DRONETECH Educator Workshop: Drones and Geospatial Applications – Session 1.1. Co-PI, Ben Richason from St. Cloud State University provides an introduction to the workshop and goes through the workshop rationale.

Geospatial Applications Session 1.2

DRONETECH Educator Workshop: Drones and Geospatial Applications – Session 1.2. Co-PI, Ben Richason from St. Cloud State University covers the different types of UAS analysis.

Geospatial Applications Session 1.3

DRONETECH Educator Workshop: Drones and Geospatial Applications – Session 1.3. In this session, we brought in a guest speaker – Greg Emerick from Sentra to discuss how drones and geospatial applications are utilized in the industry. 

Geospatial Applications Session 1.4

DRONETECH Educator Workshop: Drones and Geospatial Applications – Session 1.4. In this session, we brought in a guest speaker – Kirk Stueve from Precision Ag to discuss how drones and geospatial applications are utilized in the Ag Industry. 

Geospatial Applications Session 1.5

DRONETECH Educator Workshop: Drones and Geospatial Applications – Session 1.5. Steve Sorenson from Northland Community and Technical College discusses UAS Imagery and GIS.

Geospatial Applications Session 2.1

DRONETECH Educator Workshop: Drones and Geospatial Applications – Session 2.1. In this session, Co-PI, Ben Richason from St. Cloud State University discusses lesson plan designs. 

Geospatial Applications Session 2.2

DRONETECH Educator Workshop: Drones and Geospatial Applications – Session 2.2. In this session, Co-PI, Ben Richason from St. Cloud State University and Steve Sorenson from Northland Community and Technical College go over lesson plan examples for use in secondary and post-secondary education. 

Intro to Workshop

In this session, DRONETECH Director Tom Biller gives an introduction to the STEM Drones Take Flight Educator Workshop. He discusses the workshop rationale, goals, and topics that will be covered.

Anatomy of a Drone

In this session, DRONETECH Director Tom Biller presents an overview of basic drone parts and how they are inter-connected. He also covers the flight controller, motors, ESCS, props, frames, and control transmitters and receivers.

Part 107 & What It Means to Educators

In this session, NCAT Co-PI and Northland UAS Program Manager Zackary Nicklin covers a broad overview of the regulatory considerations regarding integration of UAS into the classroom. Commercial and recreational flights are discussed, along with Higher Education Exemptions.

Laying the Groundwork for Drone Operations

In this session, DRONETECH Director Tom Biller gives an overview of best practices in areas of safety, maintenance, logbooks and entries, pre-flight checklists, and flight simulators.

Rise of the STEM Drones

In this session, DRONETECH Director Tom Biller gives a side-by-side comparison of the two most popular STEM drones: Ryze Tello and the Parrot Mambo.

STEM Drone Programs on a Shoestring Budget

In this session, DRONETECH Director Tom Biller gives an overview of funding sources, skills you can highlight, curriculum resources, and how to integrate them into your program.

Student Competitions

In this session, DRONETECH Director Tom Biller discusses the RAD and Skills USA competitions and what the plans are for the upcoming year.

Open Discussion

In this session, workshop presenters Zackary Nicklin, Tom Biller and Steve Sorenson have an open discussion with workshop attendees. 

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