Drones like the UVify OOri and the Ryze Tello have proper education programs centered around them. These platforms teach you some drone hardware basics, then promote critical thinking as you code flight features for the drone. The basics of flight are covered, the machine will hover in place, but you tell it where to go in the sky, just watch out for that wall.

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    UVify OOri

    (9.0)
    $349.00 $295.00 BUY
    • 5 - Minutes
    • Basic FPV
    • 50 - MPH
    • 500 - ft
    The UVify OOri is a fantastic drone for aspiring race pilots. It is stable and manageable in the living room, but can also run up...
  • Ryze Tello

    (8.4)
    $99.00+ BUY
    • 13 - Minutes
    • 720p - 30FPS
    • 18 - MPH
    • 100 - Meters
    The Ryze Tello is one of the most capable and versatile mini drones around, enjoy different designs, code your own flight features, or just fly...
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    Air Hogs 360 Hoverblade

    (6.1)
    $27.00 $22.00 BUY
    • 2 - hours
    • No camera
    • Slow
    • 20 - ft
    Not your typical drone, the Air Hogs 360 Hoverblade is a self-propelled boomerang. Throw it, launch it, modulate the throttle and enjoy the fun.
  • Hubsan H111

    (8.2)
    $18.00 BUY
    • 5 - Minutes
    • No camera
    • 7 - MPH
    • 150 - ft
    The Hubsan H111 is one of the best nano drones for flying around the house. It is a tiny machine that fits in the palm...

The FAA celebrated STEM and drones in education during their Drone Safety Awareness Week.

There are only a few dedicated educational drones, but luckily, with the right instructor, anything can be a lesson.

Best education drones:

Education should begin with safety and drone laws in mind. Like it or not, there are rules to the sky, and controlling a small drone is not hard, but easy to get wrong your first time up. Hopefully these resources can help:


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Best educational drones:

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UVify OOri

January 2018

Release Date

UVify has a rich history in drone racing. They understand that the future racers need to start somewhere, developing the UVify OOri as a fantastic beginner's race drone. Slow and stable for practicing in your living room, this machine can open up to over 50MPH when you want to win a race. Agile, light-weight and fast, the UVify OOri is great for beginners on a budget.

There may be less expensive beginner drones out there, but if quality is of concern to you, the UVify OOri for $295 is hard to beat in the segment.

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Ryze Tello

March 2018

Release Date

Built using many DJI parts, and sold on the DJI site in partnership with DJI, it is a common misunderstanding that this is a DJI drone. The Ryze Tello is a fun little machine that serves many purposes. On the surface, it's a functional and capable high-end, toy-class drone. You can fly by mobile device, remote control or, in the case of the Educational versions of this machine, you can code your own functionality.

The Ryze Tello is an attractive first drone for many pilots and parents of potential pilots. There are even a few different partnerships, like the Iron Man edition Tello.

Check out the Ryze Tello alone for about $99, upgrade to the Ryze Tello with remote for around $129 and explore the other options from there.

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Air Hogs 360 Hoverblade

March 2016

Release Date

Before we started globally referring to RC aircraft as drones, Air Hogs had a rich catalog of flying machines. They focus almost exclusively on light-weight, foam and plastic built toy machines. They do not conform to the quadcopter style of most modern drones, instead offering planes, helicopters and fun designs such as boomerangs. That is where the Air Hogs 360 Hoverblade comes in. This is a three-spoke boomerang that has a small motor to keep it on the move. Basically, this is a self-propelled boomerang, satisfying a dream I had as a child.

Check out the Air Hogs 360 Hoverblade for around $30 today.

Nano

Hubsan H111

2014

Release Date

One of our favorite drones for flying around the house is the tiny Hubsan H111. This is an entry level toy drone that usually sells for around $20. It flies quite well, all things considered, and is a superb machine to practice on during the winter months or before you dive into a larger machine. The built in battery only provides about 5 minute of flight time, there is no camera and no fancy flight features, it's a raw flight experience - which is what we love about it.

It's not lost on us that it comes in Drone Rush colors as well, thank you Hubsan!

Check out the Hubsan H111 for about $18 today.


Pixhawk4 S500 V2

Holybro Pixhawk4 kit

The Pixhawk 2 S500 V2 is a drone kit that you build from scratch. It is more of a project to learn about the Dronecode initiative, that’s open source software with the PX4 flight control. Learning how to assemble a drone and then code its flight is a powerful education, and the Dronecode system can grow with you well beyond your first machine.

Check out the Pixhawk4 S500 V2.


NXP HGDRONEK66

NXP manufactures sensors and smarts for all sort of electronics. Their hardware is working hard behind the scenes of a lot of cars on the road, and their move to drones is proving a good fit. Once again, Dronecode and the PX4 flight control software are the choice here, but NXP has built a kit specifically to head for the HoverGames challenges.

Check out the NXP HGDRONEK66.


Special consideration: DJI Robomaster S1 robot

DJI RoboMasters S1 front 2

We won’t pretend for a minute that the DJI Robomaaster S1 can fly, but it is a superb STEM robot. Actually, if you count jumping from ramps to be flying, the S1 is fast enough to get some air… Anyhow, you get to build this machine from parts, there are good instructions, but learning how everything works, what the components are, and how they all work together is a good life skill. Once built, you have a peppy and agile robot that shoots BBs and laser beams! It can also detect incoming hits from each of those for your own war games, or use image sensors to create an elaborate Mario Kart race.

The DJI Robomast S1 runs $488 and up. 


That will wrap up here today, remember to begin any drone education program with flight safety and going over the laws. Also, be sure to start with simulators or tiny drones until the students learn how to control the sticks.


Frequently Asked Questions

What can I teach my kids about drones?

As a rough syllabus, you might consider something like this:

1. What is a drone, how do they work?
2. Drone safety, laws, regulations, and best practices for safe flights.
3. What parts and tools do I need to build/maintain/fly a drone.
4. How to build a drone.
5. How to fly a drone – including how to find a safe place to fly, and get FAA authorization, if needed.
6. How to program a drone to do more stuff.
7. First steps to getting your Part 107 certification.

What kind of drone do I need for drone education?

To be honest, your topic of education will determine the best drone for you. We recommend you start with inexpensive machines to learn how to fly, but you’ll need more expensive drones if you want to teach advanced camera techniques. There are levels when it comes to building and coding as well. Machines like the Ryze Tello are great for the simple stuff, like basic flight navigation, but you’ll need a more significant platform if you want to dive into adding modules to the airframe. You might play with parachutes, cameras, obstacle avoidance sensors, radar/sonar systems, lighting, cargo systems, and more. A good camera will weigh more than the Tello itself.

For more advanced learning, we recommend you look at hardware that supports the PX4 stack. DroneCode is a popular and powerful program that can work for everyone from the beginner pilot up to an advanced commercial aircraft.

Do I need a license to be a drone teacher?

At this time, no, you do not need a license for the classroom portion of educating others on drones. However, the moment you step outdoors and take to the sky, in the FAA’s eyes you are being paid to fly, making it a Part 107 operation. The FAA is willing to work with educational institutions to establish drone corridors and programs that will not need Part 107 certification for classes, but chances are that if your school was already approved, or in the process of getting that approval, you’d know more about these rules than I do.