Drone STEM Academy - Wales
fireFLY were pleased to be part of a new Welsh incentive around drone technology and career opportunities.
The academy was held at the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre in Llanbedr over September and October and gave young people aged between 14 and 19 years old the opportunity to learn how to operate drones and explore their potential commercial application in the workplace.
The Snowdonia Aerospace Centre is one of only two locations in the UK which allow drones to be flown with reduced regulations within a 10km radius of the airfield. This makes it the perfect place for learning all about drones and discovering their possibilities.
Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig and Gwynedd Council funded the Academy which is completely free for young people aged between 14 and 19 years old to apply for.
The youngsters who attended the course were enthusiastic, engaged and hopefully inspired to consider how they can take UAS technology forward in their future careers. Yes, there were a few crashes, though it all served to demonstrate limits and capabilities - both personal and aircraft.
"Young people will learn how to use drones safely in a controlled environment. The project will be designed to encourage teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity. There will be demonstrations, hands-on activities, and real-world discussions making learning fun"
Zoe Pritchard, Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig Manager
“Our unique location will help to encourage young people to get involved in a high-tech industry and will introduce them to a brand-new career opportunity. We’re very pleased to be involved and proud that our valuable resource can be used to further develop our young people.“
Lee Paul, Chief Executive Officer at Snowdonia Aerospace Centre