Learn How to Bring Drones into Your Classroom with


This course will give you EVERYTHING you need to bring DRONES into your classroom. All the lesson plans, all the activities, step by step set up instructions AND the live support from Dr Karen Joyce! 


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What You Get!

This course will give you EVERYTHING you need to bring DRONES into your classroom. 

  • Lesson Plans

    Our lesson plans are comprehensive and detailed so you can let your students spread their wings. We even offer suggestions for extension activities.

  • Curriculum Mapping

    We've mapped our classroom activities to the Australian National Curriculum and the NSW Curriculum. Activities are suitable for grades 5-12.

  • Equipment & Room Setup

    It doesn’t matter what drones and tablets you have purchased, some things will always be the same. There will be apps to download and firmware to update. We'll guide you through this!

  • Manual Flight Skills

    For many people, their first flight is both exhilarating and nerve-wracking! As a teacher, you can multiply this feeling tenfold if you are anticipating liftoff with your class. Understanding that it will be the first time that many of your students have even seen a drone let alone tried to control one, we have developed this module specifically to pave your way to successful flights with fewer grey hairs.

  • Safety First

    We investigate the potential dangers posed by drone flight and consider appropriate measures to avoid them while operating as scientists. 

  • Ask the Expert

    Get support through three live (and recorded) chats each term to get your questions answered, and ideas broadened by the course creator!

  • Activity Sheets & Answers

    Use our activity sheets as the basis for assessment, or just to get discussion going. We will talk about the answers in our 'ask the expert' catch ups.

  • Coding & Aerial Survey

    We have been using aerial photography to survey the environment since World War I. While the camera and aircraft technology has significantly advanced since then, the basic concepts are the same. We developed this module to practically explore aerial photography techniques from mission planning and execution all the way through to assessing the resultant photos. This is a great introduction to systematic planning and coding – or autonomous flight using microdrones.

  • Troubleshooting Guides

    After using micro drones with hundreds of students, we've come across many challenges along the way! We've compiled a troubleshooting guide so that you won't have to bumble your way through a class with tech challenges!


Dr Karen Joyce

Dr. Karen Joyce is the Education Director for She Maps and has been flying drones for five years to create maps of the environment. She has worked as a geospatial scientist for 20 years for government, industry, the military and academia. She has been involved in tertiary education since the late '90's, and online education for the past ten years. Karen has also been actively working with primary and secondary schools around Australia and the US to bring her geospatial 'edutainment' programs to life, particularly for girls. "It's amazing what we can map, measure, and ultimately monitor from above to take care of our environment."


A fantastic resource!! The lesson explanations are very detailed, easy to follow and teacher friendly. Especially loved the extension activities and included examples. It has everything a busy teacher needs to get their students up and flying in the classroom.

Adrienne Hill

Science and Technology Teacher, St Andrews Catholic College

This is a fully comprehensive program with strong links to the curriculum.  It is easy for first time flyers to use and implement effectively in the classroom in an engaging way.  The resources and lesson plans make this an easy yet highly effective program that can easily be implemented in any school.

Tracey Shorten

Master Teacher / STEAM, Trinity Beach State School

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I'm looking to buy drones before I start the course. Where should I go?


There are a range of micro-drones out there. We use the Parrot Mambo and are also trialling the Tello.


Is it running face-to-face or online?


This course is 100% online. For Face to Face options, please email us


Is this online version the same as the face-to-face option?


Yes and no :-) While the curriculum is the same, in our F2F programs, you experience the learning from a students' perspective in a fairly intense 2.5hr session. This online version is designed more like a behind the scenes view as I share all the tips and tricks that go into making our programs a success. I want every student and teacher in Australia to have access to geospatial and drone technology as part of their education, but I realise that we can't achieve this solely through F2F programs. That's where the online course comes in super handy! Through the online portal you can also take your time and re-visit our learning points, videos, resources, and lesson plans as often as you like. You control when and where you want to do this, as long as you have wifi :)


When does it start?


You can access all of the resources as soon as you purchase the course, including the previous Term's Ask the Expert Calls. At the start of each term, three new LIVE Ask the Expert calls are held so you can have your questions answered.


When does it finish?


This course will be open for you to explore, download the resources and watch the replay of the calls for six months from the date of purchase.


Can the course be undertaken at any time within the start / end date? i.e. I normally do this type of PD in the evenings.


Absolutely! Whenever you like, totally flexible.


When will the 'ask the expert calls' take place?


We will schedule these for after school / early evening AEST. The calls will be recorded so you can catch up if you miss the live chat. You can also submit questions ahead of time.


How long will the course take?


It's self-paced, so this is entirely up to you. It will depend on your incoming level of expertise and the degree to which you explore all of the resources. For example, we have many optional suggested links and readings that might be of interest to expand your learning, but not necessarily mission critical.


Do I need a drone to undertake the course?


If you don't have a drone, your learning will be theoretical, i.e. you won't be able to practise the activities. However, you may choose to do this course to figure out if teaching drones in the classroom really is for you, in which case, do the course before you buy the drone :)


Do I need a specific type or brand of drone?


The course has been designed around the Parrot Mambo, however most of the activities are still relevant with any other micro drone.


I already have a drone, but it's not the Mambo, will the course still be useful?


I believe there are certainly many parts of the course that you may still find valuable even though you're not using the Mambos. The course is approached from the perspective of creating 'a day in the life of a geospatial scientist', so I break down what I do on a mapping mission. I go through all the safety and manual flight aspects before embarking on a mapping scenario. The only technical part that you wouldn't be able to do is capture aerial photos as I think that the Mambo is the only microdrone that has a downward facing camera. However, you can still get the students to plan and fly the mission - they just unfortunately won't see any photos. Having said that, I have taught this program face to face many times and a lot of students forget to code for the photos anyway so the experience would be the same! 


If you sign up for the free resources, that will get you into the system and you will be able to see the break down of the course. You can also see the Litter Bugs lesson plan, which although isn't drone related, it will give you a really good idea of how the sections of the PD course look. There are activity sheets and extension ideas as well.


The other thing that you would just need to use as a guide is the flying and coding apps - but just substitute those names for the ones you are using and the concepts are all still the same.


What coding program do you use for the course?


I show how to use Tynker, but also give options for more advanced programs if you and your students are ready to extend yourselves.


I can find some drone lesson plans online for free - how is your course different?


This course goes far beyond a series of lesson plans. It is designed as a course to teach you how to teach drone and geospatial technology in your classroom. Lesson plans are just one of the resources that we offer to supplement this. We have video demonstrations, a troubleshooting section, activity sheets, extension options, and of course, our 'ask the expert' chats where you can join our online webinar to delve deeper or broader on any topic you need.


The course looks great, but we are already doing this sort of stuff at our school - do you offer anything more advanced?


We have two more courses under development - one is for advanced use of the microdrones, the second will use larger (though still <2kg) drones for capturing geospatial data and incorporating that into GIS. Let us know if you are interested in either of these and we'll make sure that we keep you updated!


Are there any additional costs for the course?


No extra fees, though you may wish to purchase a drone and tablet.


Do I need to take any time off my classes during the day to complete various components?


Not at all - feel free to follow along as you like. The only exception to this may be if the majority preference time for the 'ask the expert' call is during the day, though we suspect this is unlikely.

Is the course accredited with the NSW institute of teachers for PD hours? If so, how many hours?


Not yet, unfortunately. We are working on it though.


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