From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

Drones, Data, and the Great American Eclipse

Working Agenda for the 2017 July 27 ESIP teacher track sessions --
8:30– Welcome, Introductions, ESIP Overview - Shelley Olds, ESIP Education Chair
9:00 – NOAA Data in the Classroom - June Teisan
10:00 - Using Mapping Tools to Work with Natural Hazards Data in the Classroom - Robert Downs
10:30 - break
11:00 – Getting the Most out of GOES-16 Data - Margaret Mooney
11:30 – The Great American Eclipse - Pat Reiff
12:00 - Eclipse Outdoor Activities
12:30 - LUNCH
1:30 - Drone workshop - Flight basics - Shelley Olds & LuAnn Dahlman
2:00 - Practicing controlled flight
2:30 - Taking photos and videos with your drone
3:00 - Try out an activity
3:30 - Break
4:00 - About sensors
4:30 - Develop action plans
5:00 - Evaluation and wrap-up
5:30 - Adjourn

The ESIP summer meeting will take place in Bloomington, Indiana. Conference information & registration is available at
Teacher registration is complimentary thanks to NOAA, but space is limited. Please identify yourself as a teacher when registering.

The first 15 registrants will receive a $200 travel stipend and a free recreational drone!

Resources for using drones in STEM

Instruction Manuals:

UDI 818a HD Drone instruction guide
SQ8 mini camera: Instruction manual
Youtube on how to use
Kestral Drop: Getting started ; App instructions
FAA info on drones

Drones in STEM Learning Materials:

UAV learning activities developed by ESIP & UCAR

  • UAV Performance Test: Carry a Payload
  • How high is my drone flying?
  • A 3d View from a Drone: Make a 3d model from your photos
Making 3D imagery:

Recap360 - a free online application for creating 3-D visualizations from a set of photographs: [1]
Trnio for Apple iOS: [2]
Scann3d for Android: [3]
Sketchfab to showcase your models: [4]
DroneDeploy: Software mapping from drones [5]

Videos on learning to fly

About the UDI 818A HD and how to fly
About the UDI 818A HD and some tips
Flite Test
How to Fly a Multirotor - shows the controls! And does a good job on basics & safety. Demonstrates Back and forth; Walk the dog; Circle around your tail in (you turn too)
Quadcopter 101 flight lessons webpages