Drones on Tybee Island with the Reaching New Heights Program


200 School Children Reach New Heights with Drones on Tybee Island!

Over 200 school children experienced drones on Tybee Island.  On Thursday, November 20th as part of Geography Awareness Week and as part of The Georgia Geographic Alliance’s first “Reaching New Heights with Drones” educational activity, Dr. Hawthorne visited around 200 spirited and inquisitive children at the Tybee Island Maritime Academy in southeast Georgia to fly a Phantom 2 quadcopter drone.

Dr. Hawthorne and the Maritime Academy students getting ready for the flight!

Dr. Hawthorne and the Maritime Academy students getting ready for the flight!

Waiting for the drone demonstration to begin.

Waiting for the drone demonstration to begin.

The students learned about drone mapping, satellite imagery, and the opportunities for drone careers. We talked about everything from pizza delivery with drones, Amazon drone package delivery, and drones for humanitarian purposes. The students asked several questions, including how high a drone can fly, how much it costs, and about the different uses for drones.

Ready for take-off at Tybee Island Maritime Academy.

Ready for take-off at Tybee Island Maritime Academy.

Check out the videos from the event at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9bNJiSoQiE @ the Tybee Island Maritime Academy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-ZGa4KG9TE @ the northern end of Tybee Island near the lighthouse.

Your school could be next with the “Reaching New Heights with Drones” Program through The Georgia Geographic Alliance. Contact us for more details and to sign up for a potential drone visit to your school fill out the google form at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OUDJsn6DUCEyt9wckoiE6U3GmKxvP0yNCqObxW7_frU/viewform?edit_requested=true

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