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

Drone-based Interdisciplinary Learning & Entrepreneurship Education

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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.
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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2018
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Curriculum Mapping & Cross-curricular Integration: Drone-based Interdisciplinary STEM Learning


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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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

Milestones

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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