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Pedagogy connecting Drone Technology to 21st Century Skills Development for Secondary Grades 9-10

Drone-based Interdisciplinary Learning & Entrepreneurship Education

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A pedagogical model integrating Science, Mathematics and Information Technology was established to connect drone technology to 21st Century Skills. While enhancing students’ STEM literacy, it also aimed at nurturing their patience to resolve problems and courage to face failure, so that they could undertake the missions of improving our life by harnessing technology to good purpose ethically.
Richard Chung-yiu Yeung, Science Teacher, Carmel Holy Word Secondary School, Hong Kong
The program aims at nurturing students’ STEM literacy, patience to resolve problems and courage to face failure, so that lives could be improved by harnessing technology to good purpose ethically.

Richard Chung-yiu Yeung, Science Teacher, Carmel Holy Word Secondary School, Hong Kong

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Strategies Promoting 21st Century Skills Development: Drone-based Interdisciplinary STEM Learning


INTRODUCTION

With conspicuous educational potential, integrating drone technology in STEAM learning and 21st century skills development has become a hot topic in education. Yet many drone-related learning activities such as drone-racing and drone-making are being reported, innovative pedagogical models connecting drones to  the cultivation of transversal competences are limited. We would like to share the experience on the implementation of this structuralized interdisciplinary drone-based project that is hoped will be useful to educational practitioners interested in exploring the strategies promoting creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship education.

INTERDISCIPLINARY DRONE-BASED PROGRAMME FOR 21ST CENTURY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

The programme lasted 10 months and comprised two phases, namely the Knowledge Developing Phase and Engineering Problem-solving Phase.

The 36-hour Phase One covered six experiential learning modules:

  1. Drone Science and Technology,
  2. Programmed Flight
  3. Drones, Geometry and Trigonometry
  4. Coding and Engineering Design
  5. Drones and Environmental Science
  6. Future Application of Drones


By the end of Phase One, students applied the knowledge acquired and creativity to present entrepreneurship proposals on benefitting the society with drone technology. The proposals should leverage on the advantages of technology while striking a balance between innovation, feasibility, safety and cost effectiveness. To tie in with various interdisciplinary themes, alumni working in related fields (e.g. aerophysics, surveying and valuation, stream water analysis, market strategising, etc.) were invited to share career insights and explore possible applications of drone technology to workflow.

The 12-hour Phase Two consisted of a series of engineering tasks during which students developed a drone-assisted water sampling system to collect water samples from rivers and coastal areas. Measuring water samples’ hardness, total dissolved solids and nitrate nitrogen content would then reveal the extent of pollution in the waterbodies concerned.


SHARING OF LEARNING EXPERIENCE & PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT

To promote the drone-based learning strategies, students shared their knowledge, skills and learning experience with other schools as well as in exhibition occasions enthusiastically. Teachers also took part in various seminars and conferences to present experiences in the programme implementation, including the challenges encountered, the direction of future development and effective applications of technology in the realms of 21st Century Skills education.



RECOGNITION

The project was selected to the “Global Spotlight of Employability” by HundrED, the Finnish innovative educational organization, and honoured with the NXTEducator Global Educational Innovation Award by Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation in 2019.

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CHW Drone-based Interdisciplinary Learning Programme
Introduction Trailer to the new cohort
Resource Book
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Headline Story, Singtao Education
Press Interview (headline story, Singtao Education)Headline Story, Singtao Education
Refined Structure of Cross-curricular Integration
3D Drawings: Engineering Design of Drone-assisted Surface Water Sampling System
Engineering Design of Drone-assisted Surface Water Sampling System
全球教育創新大賞 (NXTEducator Summit):迦密聖道中學「無人機跨學科課程」
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJizXbuRDAI
Drone-based Interdisciplinary Learning & Entrepreneurship Education | HundrED Spotlight 2019
HundrED Spotlight on Employability
NXTEducator Summit, Taipei
Ednovation Fest Workshop: Drone-based STEM Interdisciplinary Learning
i-Journey Fair, EDB, Hong Kong
A Finnish Interdisciplinary Approach to STEAM Learning: Drone-assisted Surface Water Sampling
The First Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference 2019
The Drone-based Interdisciplinary STEAM Curriculum Framework
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg-FJ6nc0Q4
Hanging Basket Sampling System
Water Landing Sampling System
T07: Participation and Involvement, Building the Sustainable Future
T06: Working Life Competence and Entrepreneurship
T05: ICT Competence
T04: Multiliteracy
T03: Taking Care of Self and Managing Daily Life
T02: Cultural Competence, Interaction & Expression
T01: Thinking and Learning to Learn
Transversal Competences Framework
Design of Drone-assisted Water Sampling System
The 36-hr Interdisciplinary Drone-based Learning Course
Drone & Water Rocket
Drone-assisted Water Sampling @ Tai Po Lam Tsuen River
https://youtu.be/upFk_e0jPdI
Drone-assisted Surface Water Sampling & Analysis
https://youtu.be/CoglQj4c29s
Development of Drone Water Sampling System
https://youtu.be/t76enVPCies
Project Sharing & Taster Lesson for the STEM Week of CALFSS
https://youtu.be/aOgnLYIdpD4
Project Sharing in Tai Po Inno Expo, Science Park, Hong Kong
https://youtu.be/zVf0-BFhrFc
Project Presentation to Shantou Private Guangha School
https://youtu.be/HXwx5A4JjOU
Lesson 10 ~ Drone Entrepreneur Proposal Presentation
https://youtu.be/RjozyZasnvg
無人機。創業企劃 (DRONE X ENTREPRENEURSHIP)
https://youtu.be/gYYl_w_Pwf0
Lesson 08 ~ Drone x Environmental Science
https://youtu.be/abuZu2_Khwc
Lesson 07 ~ Drone x Micro:bit Water Sampling System
https://youtu.be/-hXN4b42jiw
Lesson 06 ~ Micro:bit Engineering Task (Wireless Inchworm)
https://youtu.be/BjgIvYw-ohw
Lesson 04 ~ Geometry & Drone Programming, Trigonometry & Drone Application
https://youtu.be/tIc-y2wTxV0
Lesson 02: Flying a Drone Safely
https://youtu.be/DfY3joUZuzg

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Achievements & Awards

May 2020
Headline Story, Singtao Education
December 2019
NXTEducator Summit in Taipei
December 2019
NXTEducator Global Educational Innovation Awards
December 2019
Employability
November 2019
"Ednovation Fest" 2019: Drone-based STEM Interdisciplinary Learning.
October 2019
Internal Capacity Building, School-based Curriculum Development Section, Education Bureau, Hong Kong
September 2019
i-Journey Fair, Education Bureau, Hong Kong
June 2019
The First Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference 2019, Hong Kong
March 2019
Project Sharing for the STEM Week of CALFSS
March 2019
Project Sharing (Education Bureau, Hong Kong)
January 2019
Project Presentation to Shantou Private Guangha School
December 2018
Presentation, Future Learning Theatre, Learning & Teaching Expo 2018, Hong Kong
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Lesson 00 (1 hr) ~ PROJECT INTRODUCTION
Introduction to the Drone-based Learning Project
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Lesson 01 (3 hrs) ~ SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Course Outline & Introduction to Drone Technology
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Lesson 02 (3 hrs) ~ DRONE PILOTING
Flying a Drone Safely
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Lesson 03 (3 hrs) ~ PROGRAMMED FLIGHT
Programmed Flight
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Lesson 04 (3 hrs) ~ DRONE CODING & MATHEMATICS
Geometry & Drone Programming, Trigonometry & Drone Application
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Lesson 05 (3 hrs) ~ TRIGONOMETRY & DRONE SURVEYING
Drone Surveying
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