Pier educators have embarked on an exciting new Drone Exploration outreach program focusing on how drones are used in science. Project leader Meredith Fish has two separate Dare County middle school classes signed up in December.
She teaches eighth graders the lesson over three days. In this indoor session, students perform mock neighborhood assessments of such things as solar use in a community.
The second day, Fish says, they incorporate computer coding with a DroneBlocks app to write a flight-path program to locate an “injured animal.” Successfully capturing a digital image of the “entangled” stuffed animal completes the mission.
“We did the first program last month at Mattamuskeet Early College High School,” she said. “I talked to fifteen eighth graders in their science class – their teachers said they had a blast!”
Back at the Pier, you can “save” a shark or a sea turtle this season for just five bucks! You do it by purchasing a Conservation Ornament. Once you buy an ornament, hang it on our crab-pot Christmas Tree and support our conservation efforts – it’s just that simple. Gift Shop Manager Tamara Hughes was inspired to launch the initiative by a similar program at Fort Fisher Aquarium.
Jennette’s Pier will be closed Christmas Day.