There are many facets and levels of drone education. We will focus on the best educational drones for beginner pilots, perhaps best for children.
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.
Related reading: 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.
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DJI Robomaster TT: Robotics competition aircraft
The DJI Robomaster TT (short for Tello Talent) is a part of DJI’s robotics competitions. Along with the Robomaster S1 ground robot, the Robomaster TT is made as both an educational platform for new students, as well as a platform for growth using more advanced systems. Accessory ports and coding tools give this drone purpose in any classroom.
UVify OOri: Educational racing drone, DroneCode compatible
The UVify OOri is a powerful and fun mini racing drone, not only is it ideal as a starter drone for drone racers, UVify made it to work with the DroneCode software. DroneCode is open source flight software that is accessible for students to code and learn. program your own navigational tasks, adjust flight parameters and more.
Ryze Tello: Code flight for this fun indoor drone
The Ryze Tello is a fun little drone that is great for indoor flight, first time pilots, and tinkerers of computer code. While the newer DJI Robomaster TT takes things to the next level, the original Tello by Ryze offers most of the same flight features and characteristics.
Air Hogs 360 Hoverblade: Powered Boomerang
The Air Hogs 360 Hoverblade is a three-blade boomerang that has a single propeller that drives rotation of the aircraft. While it offers no direct educational tools, I recall my grade school teacher using a boomerang to help explain the basics of flight to me. Inspire creative thinking with multiple directions of lifting force in one craft.
Hubsan H111: Tiny nano drone
The Hubsan H111 has no implicit educational properties, save for it being a super safe drone for indoor flight. Easy to fly, but tough to master, this toy aircraft is fun and affordable, making it ideal for new pilots. Beyond the basics of flight, experienced pilots can continue to hone their skills as well.
Pixhawk4 S500 V2
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 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
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