DRONES

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Developing Relevant Opportunities for Novel Experiences (DRONE)  

This program was recently funded through a USDA-NIFA Capacity Building Grant in 2018.  Project members include Dr. Jason de Koff (PI), Dr. Tom Broyles (Co-PI) and Dr. Erdem Erdemir (Co-PI).  The program will incorporate the use of drones (i.e. UAS, unmanned aircraft systems) for adult and youth audiences to provide engaging experiences for learning!

Field of winter canola and switchgrass
For farmer audiences the focus is mainly on how drones can be used in agricultural practices.  Farmers participating in our program will learn:

  • How to fly a drone through real, hands-on experiences ("try before you buy")
  • How drones can be used in different agricultural applications
  • The different types of drones, options and costs
  • Laws and federal regulations for drone use

The farmer workshops have been offered in the following locations:

September 16, 2019 - Davidson County - Nashville, TN
September 27, 2019 - Morgan County - Rugby, TN
October 16, 2019 - Shelby County - Memphis, TN
January 28, 2020 - Carter County - Elizabethton, TN
January 30, 2020 - Marion County - Jasper, TN
February 4, 2020 - Loudon County - Loudon, TN
February 6, 2020 - Smith County - Carthage, TN
February 27, 2020 - Sullivan County - Blountville, TN
March 11, 2020 - Robertson County - Springfield, TN

Upcoming locations will be identified after a return to normal activities following the COVID-19 pandemic.  Check back often for new location updates.  To register or request additional workshops, please contact Jason de Koff at 615-963-4929 or jdekoff@tnstate.edu

For youth audiences the focus is mainly on using drones to teach important STEM principles.  They will engage in coding a drone, using drone flight simulator software, and flying small drones.  Youth participating in our program will learn:

  • Drone safety
  • Electrical engineering and energy transfer
  • Drone code
  • Physics of flight

The youth workshops have been offered in Davidson County with upcoming dates to be announced.  To request additional workshops, please contact Thomas Broyles at 615-963-1840 or tbroyle1@tnstate.edu

Drone Certification Training

Those using drones for commercial or educational purposes are required to get the remote pilot certification.  Trainings for this certification were offered in Knoxville, Jackson, and Murfreesboro, TN in 2019.  There trainings were also offered online through the American Society of Agronomy (Online training).  If you are interested in receiving training for drone certification, please contact Jason de Koff at 615-963-4929 or jdekoff@tnstate.edu

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