Surveying the Future with FREE Resources for Queensland Schools

She Maps is proud to announce a partnership with The Surveyors Trust, to support the development of Digital Technologies education in Queensland and the search for Queensland’s Coolest School.


This partnership will provide every school in Queensland with free access to the She Maps online Drone Essentials and Mapping Basics Teacher Professional Development courses and an opportunity to go in the running to be the ‘Coolest School in Queensland’.


Drones are becoming an essential tool for the surveying and spatial science industry. The ‘Coolest School in Queensland’ competition will introduce drone mapping skills to students and teachers across Queensland and also require students to work out how much shade they have on their school grounds per student, using satellite images and spatial data skills.


The online Drone Essentials course has already been taught to teachers in 2018 and over 600 teachers have learnt the skills to bring drones into their curriculum via our online and face to face programs. Just like iPads are now a central part to classroom learning, coding, drones and data will become a large part of learning over the next few years. The courses are aligned to the Australian Curriculum and give teachers a headstart on the Digital Technologies learning area in particular.  


The Partnership

  • Curriculum Mapped Resources for Queensland Teachers

    She Maps online Drone Essentials Teacher Professional Development is being provided free of charge to all Queensland schools. The program is fully mapped to the Australian Curriculum, including lesson plans and activities, that are available in the Online Teacher PD. 


    The program design and all online content has been developed by Dr Karen Joyce, a practicing University Academic with 20 years of teaching, research and online education experience, with input and quality assurance from qualified teachers from Primary and Secondary Schools.



  • Mapping Basics

    In Term 2 we will launch a second online Teacher Professional Development opportunity, providing more advanced skills, aligned to the use of data gathered by drones and satellites in industry.


    Teachers completing this PD will be able to teach their students how to map their school grounds and in particular, work out how much shade they have on their school grounds per student, using satellite images and spatial data skills.


    Schools will be provided with access to highly detailed satellite data and taught on QGIS open source mapping software. 



  • Coolest School in Queensland Competition

    Schools will be able to enter into the 'Coolest School in Queensland' competition from Term 3. This will be judged on two areas:


    - How many students have they had participate in a school drone program, as a school population percentage; and

    - How much shade they have on their school campus.


    The winner will be announced in late Term 3.



  • Industry Spotlight

    Over 2019, She Maps will feature women in the Survey and Spatial Industry who are doing amazing and interesting things. Too often the stereotype of a surveyor doesn't meet the interests of today's generation. We want to change that and showcase the many and varied career opportunities available!

The Organisations


Dr Karen Joyce


Education Director, She Maps


It is extremely exciting to be able to provide these resources and activities to every school in Queensland. We have developed our resources with educational professionals and industry experts to ensure that they not only meet the curriculum needs of teachers, but also the future skill requirements of our students.


The Surveyors Trust are taking this very proactive step to ensure that together we can raise the profile of the industry whilst also giving our teachers and students essential skills.


Anthony Schmidt


Chair, The Surveyors Trust


The surveying and spatial sciences industry is an essential part of enabling technology to function in our built and ecological environments. But we must ensure that our industry is promoted as being relevant to the next generation.


This partnership with She Maps, who have excellent resources for schools, with a strong link to education and industry experts, ensures that we can raise the profile of our industry.​


We have worked with a wide variety of schools around the country!

Mark Gray

Vice Principal

Methodist Ladies College

Rhonda Jones


Emerald State School

Sandy Gardner

Digital Tech Mentor

Ashgrove State School

On our Face to Face Programs


She Maps are the people to turn to if you want to engage female students with drones. They are highly organised, well prepared and are flexible with program design if you need them to meet a specific need of your school.

Mark Gray

Vice Principal, Methodist Ladies College


On our Online Learning


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