Drones: The use of drones is becoming more common, but we’re not sure where to start.

We are looking for something for some for a Year 8/9 STEAM course, that can be programmed and are reasonable in price etc (up to $250).

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Publication Date: 16 November 2017
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Reviewed 22 February 2023

Science ASSIST is not able to make recommendations for specific products nor undertake extensive research on this topic. There are other websites that will review and recommend different models of drones.  The best option for any school will depend on many things, including the purpose for which it is being bought.

It is equally essential that schools consider the Australian laws that cover the use of drones. We recommend that you consider the information in the following links, which contain relevant information:

Australian law regarding drones

Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority. (nd). Drones at school, Retrieved (21 February 2023) from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority website: https://www.casa.gov.au/drones/drone-rules/drones-school   

Note this has several links to further information such as

Kollmorgen, A. (2020, February 14), Drones and Australian law, Retrieved from the CHOICE website, https://www.choice.com.au/electronics-and-technology/gadgets/tech-gadget...   

Drones in schools

ASTA. 2016. Drones, Droids and Robots. A resource book of ideas for National Science Week 2016. https://www.scienceweek.net.au/schools/     (Scroll down to download the 2016 Teacher Resource Book – contains a case study of a school and information on the use of drones).

Joyce, K. (2022, August 01). Educational Drones: The Ultimate Guide For Your School, Retrieved from She Maps website: https://shemaps.com/blog/educational-drones-ultimate-buying-guide/ 

Buying a drone

Heckscher, D. (2018, February 16), ‘A Guide to Drones in Australia – Reviews, Features & Prices’, Retrieved from Canstar Blue website, https://www.canstarblue.com.au/technology/drones-australia/ 

Zaluny, P. and Steen, M. (nd). How to buy the best drone, Retrieved (22 February 2023) from the CHOICE website: https://www.choice.com.au/electronics-and-technology/gadgets/tech-gadget...

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