Delivery Drones

Year 6 enjoyed learning about drones and their applications in different fields. The girls read the story ‘Dronie’ by Paul Mead and Sarah Davies, which showed them some examples of how drones are used by professionals such as photographers, farmers, and scientists. The girls then did some research on other uses of drones, such as delivering goods, monitoring wildlife, and inspecting infrastructure. They watched some videos on how the company Wing (Ipswich area) is using drones to deliver items like food, medicine, hardware, and toys to customers within 10 km from a base station.

The girls also used Google Earth to find the CBD of Brisbane, where they had to design a delivery service using drones. They had to identify buildings and places that might need deliveries, such as hospitals, offices, schools, and shops. They came up with various ideas for delivery services, such as medical supplies, stationery, flowers, and more.

Using the Tello App, the girls programmed their drones to make two deliveries on She Maps image map and return to base. They had to code: take off, navigate around tall buildings, land safely, and take the shortest route back to base.

The activity was fun and challenging for the girls, as they had to use their coding skills, creativity, and teamwork to solve problems and complete the task.

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!