ARINC Incorporated today announced that it has partnered with the Anne Arundel County Public School System (AACPS) to develop a class on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for students participating in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) magnet program. The course is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation for high school students.
The class, co-developed and taught by Rolf Stefani, Senior Director of ARINC’s Technology Innovation Center and Rob Tompkins,technical education teacher at South River High School, is part of the STEM and Project Lead the Way program which focuses on aerospace and civil engineering. The class builds on the aerodynamics and aerospace courses students have previously taken, and extends that knowledge into the emerging and rapidly growing field of UASs.
The course content covers topics such as defining what unmanned aerial systems are, the different components of flight dynamics, essential guidelines for flight safety, and the theories behind telemetry, amongst other subjects. The class also focuses on the commercial uses of UASs for activities such as agriculture, search and rescue missions, and transportation. The course involves collaborative problem solving and project-based learning, and integrates different subjects such as engineering, computer science, and electronics into the work being done by the students.