Inspire Africa’s drone coding programme is not only a fun way to learn coding but also lessens “the anxiety felt by the teachers working with this technology for the first time” says Dianne Luttig a teacher at Reddam House Constantia in the Western Cape. “Inspire Africa’s programme provided a perfect vehicle to introduce and implement STEAM into our school.”

The DJI Ryze Tello drones are at the heart of the coding program and known to be a fantastic beginner drone with simple programming features.  Not only that it is an incredibly stable drone, light, with intelligent flight modes and does not suffer from a few bangs here and there.  Using DroneBlocks as the operating progamme makes this an easy and effective drone to introduce applied learning in STEAM disciplines, particularly coding.

At the heart of DroneBlocks is Python, the worlds most popular and critical coding programme.  It is the second language that GenZ needs for their future.  In addition teachers have the full support they need from Inspire Africa to seamlessly introduce the Fly. Build.Code. programme. “The quality of the equipment is excellent. The simplicity of the design and technology has made the learning process incredibly seamless and easy,” says Luttig.

The Inspire S.T.E.A.M. program uses Python and DroneBlocks in a way that is designed to teach the basics of coding in an interactive and fun way, it is a great way to take first steps in coding and combine this with a DJI Ryze Tello drone, where learners create pre-planned missions and learn to control the Tello device in real-time, you have an engaged classroom and confident teachers.

Writing in a review for SchoolAdvisor, a central quoting system for South African schools, Luttig states that “the training received by the teachers was clear and well presented. The training documentation provided is excellent, allowing for easy conversion into the classroom situation. What has impressed me the most is Inspire Africa’s after-sales availability to provide help and to answer any questions; they follow up on a regular basis to ensure that everything is running smoothly. Their offer to come to the school and help out with training the students was appreciated. The quality of the equipment is excellent. The simplicity of the design and technology has made the learning process incredibly seamless and easy.”

Technology is changing rapidly, in fact daily, and given the nature of 4IR this will continue in perpetuity, and this includes at the heart of it, UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) and aviation.  Are our learners going to be ready for this?  How do we prepare them for these new careers in disruptive technology exploding around us?

Schools in South Africa are on the curve with STEAM programmes preparing our GenZ’s for their future and with the Inspire S.T.E.A.M. programme teaching all about drones, the regulations, the career opportunities that UAV’s open up for them, and how to learn coding language, and code, it’s no small surprise the excitement building across South Africa for the introduction of Inspire S.T.E.A.M. into our schools.

“Everyone…should learn how to program a computer – because it teaches you how to think.” Steve Jobs the late CEO and co-founder of Apple

The DJI Ryze Tello is so easy to code and use it makes it the ideal introduction to the coding and UAV world – it’s as simple as flying in a square, then developing code for that flight path to watch the drone follow it.  Learners are creating content, not just using it. “The students are loving the programme, watching the excitement and feeling their energy as they learn is inspiring as a teacher,” sums up Dianne Luttig of Reddam House Constantia.

Interested in joining our drone STEAM revolution?

This October we are showcasing our Inspire S.T.E.A.M programme at the #SchoolscapeIT. a one-day-only event by SchoolAdvisor  – set to inspire School IT Managers and decision makers by showcasing what’s possible when different IT products talk to each other.

Come and join us in Cape Town on the 18th of Oct ‘19 to have your voice heard and help direct future innovation by speaking to the country’s biggest players in the education technology space. Click here to find out more & register (for free!).

This is definitely something worth looking into for your school. The layout of the lessons is great and easy to understand. The product is of great quality and we have had no problems at all. Denise Erasmus – Llandudno Primary School Advisor review