Drone Forward uses the excitement of the drone industry to attract youth to STEAM education and empower them to become active participants in vocational and executive roles that future industries will desire.
Programs & Workshops
DRONES AND ROBOTICS ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSE 1
This is the first of three courses in Drone Forward's signature Drone and Robotics Entrepreneurship Program and will meet twice a week for 6 weeks. This course is designed to teach students the skills needed to uncover and execute on business opportunities in drone and robotics related industries. The course will support students in developing business concepts ranging from products and services, to online platforms, that target solutions to unmet needs in our world. Students will end this course developing a pitch for their business concept and having a basic business model with a mode of creating and capturing value with their product or service. The course will end with students deciding if they want to take action on their business idea by moving on the Drone and Robotics Entrepreneurship 2.
SUMMER 2021 DRONE BUILDERS CHALLENGE
Drone Builders Team Challenge was designed for families with children ages 6 to 14 and balances hard skill development in STEAM areas with the soft skills known as the 4 C’s: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication. In this summer’s edition of the Drone Builders Course, families will utilize two Circuit Scribe Drone Kits throughout the 3 weeks. The family teams will push their drones through multiple pilot challenges and will need to troubleshoot and fix/repair problems utilizing spare parts from the second kit. In the final week of this course, teams will repurpose all extra materials/parts from their kits and create something that is artistic, functional, or a blend of both. The course ends with each family presenting videos of their pilot’s challenges and a completed repurposed creation.
SIGNATURE YOUTH CONSULTING PROGRAM
DFI created the Youth Consulting Program (YCP) in the image of those consulting projects utilized by leading undergraduate and graduate business programs to expose students to business frameworks and solution seeking processes. The DFI consulting program specifically provides underrepresented and underserved populations with the opportunity to tackle current business problems in the same format as those top business educational organizations. The focal point of all YCP programming are the current problems faced by businesses in the drone and robotics industries or organizations representing fields (medical, construction, agriculture) where drone and robotics implementation could prove a valuable solution. Our inaugural project was with the autonomous robot delivery firm Light Line and is featured in our news
We are currently seeking a partner business, team mentors, and students for the 2021 YCP, which will include events ranging from hackathons to a two month long team consulting project. All who are interested in being a part of the YCP, please complete our contact form and a DFI representative will reach out soon
CURRENTLY, BETA TESTING THE DRONE GAMES
An initiative to provide the drone pilot community with a fun and exciting competitive platform for the community to grow and develop relationships. This initiative is focused on providing a service to the community that will enable Drone Forward to be self-sustaining and not need to be dependent upon grant funding and donations to provide and scale our programs for underprivileged and underrepresented children.
Data Driven Programming
Drone Forward uses our online materials to gather data on areas where concentrations of our students are located. This data helps us to plan our in-person workshops in those communities where interest and involvement are greatest.
Although Drone Forward accepts donations, our fundraising method is centered on providing competitive drone-centric STEAM education, including our signature entrepreneurial and business education courses, as alternatives to for-profit camps and workshops offered at private academies and prep-schools throughout the United States. Any school that is interested in hearing how our programming can add value beyond your current drone-centric STEM or STEAM provider is welcome to contact us.
Once Drone Forward begins to see a geographic location where significant amounts of students are utilizing our online resources, we begin to develop relationships with the community in order to build the infrastructure to provide an in-person STEAM education camp for children in that area.
Drone Forward creates valuable materials and events to empower all individuals with knowledge and action taking steps for implementing drones and related technologies into their lives.
The core courses offered in our STEAM camps are Python Drone Coding and Drone Building. Electives include Drones in the Arts, Drones and Data Collection, Drone Entrepreneurship, and Drone Industry Exploration. Our courses are meant to help children locate strengths and passions that will drive career exploration. All our courses are designed to promote the development of easily transferable soft and hard-skills -a focus that sets us distinctly apart from similar programs.
Drone Forward creates long-term community relationships and depends upon the infrastructure of those local educators and local industry leaders who contribute to our programs to direct how our continued efforts evolve to provide multifaceted value. We are always open to supporting local Drone Forward Chapters that seek to add more events and programs beyond what is provided by our central office.