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Queensland schoolgirls fly drones thanks to grant

Queensland schoolgirls in Cairns get to pilot drones with a $9,980 Advance Queensland grant awarded to Queensland-based business, She Flies.

The grant is part of the Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants program. The grants support science engagement and communication projects that increase the reach and impact of science in Queensland.

She Flies Drone Day with students from the Tropical North Learning Academy Smithfield State High School, with attending students from nearby Yorky’s Knob State School, Trinity Beach State School and Carovonica State School will be the first to experience the week long drone camp.

The program aims to encourage females in STEM-related fields which will support the state’s economic prosperity and will also improve women’s overall standard of living.

She Flies was founded by 2015 Queensland and National Corporate Telstra Business Woman of the Year and scientist Dr Catherine Ball and James Cook University Townsville science lecturer Dr Karen Joyce.

She Flies will also offer drone days and drone camps around the country, with camps across Northern Australia confirmed for later this year.   

Drone Camp supports and teaches students:

  • how to fly a drone
  • how to plan and manage drone projects
  • geospatial data and mapping
  • drone ethics, law and regulation
  • drone competition and racing.

The Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grant has enabled She Flies to develop the content and deliver the training.

For more information about how to get your school, community group or business involved in Drone Camps please visit sheflies.com.au

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Last updated
18 July, 2017

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