Our Project: PentaVision

The PentaVision Drone is a modification to the drone kit that Team Penta has purchased from 3D Fly. Team Penta built their own software for the drone so that the drone can fly, turn and more. There are more modifications to come to the PentaVision Drone. In order to make the body for the drone, Team Penta had to 3D print the body. Next, they had to solder the essential components onto the board of the drone. The PentaVision Drone is operated from an Arduino board that came with the 3D Fly kit.

What Are Drones Used For?

In an article titled “7 Ways to Use Drones in the Classroom” posted on Edutopia.org, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, a Middle School Curriculum Coordinator explains different uses for drones in the classroom. Gawron explains drones can be used by students for Social Studies by using images taken from the drone to draw maps and use aerial footage of land to show the expansion of several historic civilizations. She also explains that footage of team plays can be taken in order to better teams’ plays and show the team what they can do better in the future. Gawron also says that drones can help students work on their teambuilding skills as they can produce a video. The video can be built in teams and use the drone as a camera to take better videos. Finally, Gawron states that they could use the privacy issues that the drones pose and use them as a research project. This issue will get the students to “think about the macro while living in the micro.”

Process

After Team Penta soldered the components onto the board, they uploaded their custom program to make the drone fly. The main purpose for this drone is to use it for education. They plan to use the drone to calculate the temprature, air pressure and the altitude of certain places in order to better understand Earth’s atmosphere. While the PentaVision Drone is in the air taking temperatures and the air pressure, Team Penta will be able to capture beautiful shots of the surrounding environment.

Laws On Drones

FAA Regulations (effective December 21, 2015)

You must register your drone if:

  • You are 13 years or older
  • You are a US citizen
  • The aircraft weighs more than 0.55lbs and less than 55lbs
  • If the aircraft is more than 55lbs:

  • You cannot use the FAA’s registration process
  • You must register using the Aircraft .Registry .process.
    ONLY IF you plan to use the UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) for commercial use.

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    Thank you very much for your support!

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