Take to the Sky (3rd/4th graders)

Take to the skies in this hands-on class, all about drones.  Students will have an introduction to aerodynamics and a better understanding of how drones fly.  Students will program the drones to accomplish various missions such as capturing photographs and flying a drone through student-built obstacle courses.  No programming or drone experience is necessary; only a willingness to learn!

Kelly Schrandt is currently a 7th and 8th grade S.T.E.A.M. teacher at Stewartville Middle School in Stewartville, Minnesota. Over the last four years, he has developed the S.T.E.A.M. curriculum which includes a grant-supported 3D printer lab. In addition to full-time teaching, he has worked with students as young as 1st grade in programs such as the Rochester Art Center’s Total Art Day Camp: Genomic S.T.E.A.M Camp, Camp Invention, Zumbro Education District’s Gifted and Talented Day Camp, to high school students in the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth. Mr. Schrandt’s education includes a B.F.A. in Animation (97’), a B.A. in K-6 elementary instruction, a 5-8 science licensure (10’), and a M.A. in Education (11’). His professional development experience includes 2013-2014 N.S.T.A. New Science Teacher Fellowship and 2016 Honeywell Educators at Space Academy.