Tulsa students learn about UAS during 'Tulsa Research Kids' Drone Fly-In' event

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On Friday, Nov. 2, more than 140 area students gathered at Tulsa Community College’s Riverside Community Campus and Aviation Center for the Tulsa Research Kids’ Drone Fly-In event.

During the event, which was the result of a partnership between Tulsa Community College, Flight Night and the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance, several businesses discussed UAS and the available careers within the industry to an audience made up of students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade.

“This is the perfect age for them to be introduced to this, and they can take it and grow,” says David Hunt, adjunct Part 107 instructor with Tulsa Community College, via the Tulsa World.

“It’s like being a firefighter or an astronaut, this is the time when you start talking to them.”

Panelists from Civil Air Patrol, Grand River Dam Authority, Bird’s Eye Film and Photo and Tulsa’s Fox23 were also a part of the event, as they discussed how the technology is being integrated into the workplace.

“Search and rescue, safety, visual inspections, things in the past that you might have asked someone to do, you can now do without putting them at risk,” says Brett Campbell, senior vice president of education and workforce with the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

The event was interactive, as students got the opportunity to research and create presentations on the history of UAS, as well as the impact that this technology can have on the future. Some students even looked into the different parts that make up a UAS.

“I didn’t know they had GPS modules. They are there because it helps you find the drone and helps the drone find you,” explains third-grader Ryleigh Weaver, who was a part of a group of 12 from her school to participate in the event.

A STEM teacher from Weaver’s school, Stephanie Bradley, found the event to be extremely beneficial for students.

“I love the research they had to put into this and that they are able to see a future that they are going to get to experience,” Bradley says.

“They got to see how drones are put together from an engineering and tech perspective, and they also get to see real-world applications of what drones can do.”