The Drone Thinking Initiative

Readings and Resources: J-Term 2017 (Day 1)

  • 10:00 AM: Welcome!
    • Introductions
    • Course overview and objectives
  • 11:00 AM: Meet the Drones
    • Equipment review
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch – Pizza and Movie
  • 1:00 PM: Flight simulation in Bass 105
  • 2:00 PM: Case study: Paradise Pond, Bob Newton, Geoscience
  • 3:00 PM: Adjourn for the day



For Monday: Read/watch the following readings and video.  Prepare to discuss the pros and cons of using drones, particularly in academia.  What is our role, as students, faculty, and researchers?


1.) Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference Law & Policy Guidebook

2.) Video: The Drone Thinking Initiative

3.) Video: How to Fly a Multirotor

Additional Resources:

Introduction to the Drone Thinking Initiative

5-College Drones for Humanities

“Multicopters” and how they work

Drone Definition

The UAV Digest

Drone-Specific Resources:

DJI Phantom 3

Yuneec Breeze

Parrot Bebop 2