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A Pedagogical Model connecting Drone Technology to STEM Learning for Secondary Grades 9-10

Drone-based Interdisciplinary Learning & Entrepreneurship Education

Hong Kong
A pedagogical model integrating Science, Mathematics, Information Technology and Geography was established to connect drone technology to STEM learning. 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.
Introduction

Curriculum Mapping & Cross-curricular Integration: Drone-based Interdisciplinary STEM Learning

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

Project Website: https://sites.google.com/chw.edu.hk/drone-project-2018

The interdisciplinary programme comprised two phases, namely Knowledge Developing Phase and Engineering Problem-solving Phase. 

Phase One

The 36-hour Phase One covered six experiential learning modules designed to achieve three levels of objectives based on Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive domains:

1. Remembering and Understanding

 (a) Drone Science and Technology

 (b) Programmed Flight

2. Applying and Analyzing

 (c) Drones, Geometry and Trigonometry

 (d) Coding and Engineering Design

3. Evaluating and Creating

 (e) Drones and Environmental Science

 (f) Future Application of Drones

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, thus bridging the gap between classroom learning and workplace experience. 

As a summative assessment 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 and safety. Students gave video presentations to illustrate their concepts and took questions from a panel of guest judges. Proposed uses of drone technology ran the gamut from dispatching drugs to inspecting cross-strait bridges and suspension rails, cleaning and inspecting glass curtain walls, conducting tree surveys, monitoring tree protection measures, bird conservation, etc.

Phase Two

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 Clear Water Bay and Lam Tsuen River. Measuring water samples’ hardness, total dissolved solids and nitrate nitrogen content would then reveal the extent of pollution in the waterbodies concerned.

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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Target Group
420
Children/Users
4
Countries
2018
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Headline Story, Singtao Education
Refined Structure of Cross-curricular Integration
3D Drawings: 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」
Drone-based Interdisciplinary Learning & Entrepreneurship Education | HundrED Spotlight 2019
NXTEducator Summit, Taipei
Ednovation Fest Workshop: Drone-based STEM Interdisciplinary Learning
i-Journey Fair, EDB, 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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