St Mark's offers WA's first Drone Piloting course

Tue, February 05, 2019

St Mark’s Anglican Community School is the first school in Western Australia to offer a Drone Piloting course - the Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight) -  as part of our Senior School offerings in 2019.

Through the course, St Mark’s is set to deliver a future-focused program that appeals to (and inspires) students in both General and ATAR pathways. The program is a fantastic opportunity for students to think and work in different ways and gain accreditation towards achievement of their WACE.

Successful completion of the course will provide students with a skill set to achieve a nationally recognised qualification, leading to career opportunities in an innovative and rapidly developing industry. It is exciting to be able to offer a hands-on approach to learning in an authentic and exciting STEM context.

Globally, there is a compelling need to develop transferable learning-how-to-learn capabilities in young people that enable them to thrive and contribute to ever-changing, new and challenging contexts.

St Mark’s encourage students to apply their knowledge and practical skills and processes when using technologies and other resources to create innovative solutions, independently and collaboratively, that meet current and future needs. The educational opportunities offered to students are designed to engage, excite and challenge.

St Mark’s values the development, implementation and use of technologies to enrich the curriculum and provide flexibility to its delivery, and engage students in learning. We are working to empower students to become cooperative and collaborative workers, dynamic problem-solvers, creative and critical thinkers and digitally literate citizens.

The course will run under the auspices of the St Mark’s Science Department. The announcement last year that the School was to offer the course was met with a very positive response from students, commencing with two classes this year.

Supported by the Parents & Friends' Association

The St Mark’s Parents & Friends’ Association provided generous funding to cover the cost of the drones and other equipment required for these classes.

Our Partners

A key element of our strategic priority of creativity and innovation is developing tertiary and industry partnerships and exploring best practice in teaching and learning. To this end, St Mark’s is partnering with Skills Generation, a Queensland-based RTO and the Perth-based company, Autonomous Technology.

The Program

The school-based course introduces students to the exciting world of drone technology and flight. Students will learn how to fly the drone through the AVI30316 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight) with the objective of becoming CASA-approved Remote Pilots. This nationally accredited qualification provides students with the knowledge and experience they need enter to one of Australia’s fastest growing technology industries confidently.

About the Drone

Autonomous Technology specifically designed the HuBBLe drone for use in secondary schools, providing a hands-on approach to learning technology around autonomous systems.   The HuBBle is the cutting edge of piloted drone systems, utilising the latest technology in electrical hardware and software to deliver a system that can be controlled by the newest pilot, as well as by the seasoned professional.  The drone’s software allows the students to tailor the drone to their developing skill sets as they progress through the program.

By learning to pilot the HuBBle, students learn the hands-on skills required to manoeuvre the drone in all conditions. This greatly elevates their skills, as opposed to piloting a drone that can self-hover. In a real world situation, the skills of the pilot is the last resort for safe flight during any system failure.  The course stimulates the students to learn to use the technology, think outside the realms of what is possible and gives them the hands-on skills required develop the piloting skills that are required by industry.

Future Employment Opportunities

The drone industry is one of the fastest growing tech industries in the world, and presents a wide range of job opportunities, including in film and television; property marketing; events; surveying;  mining, oil and gas; multimedia productions; engineering design; mineral exploration; environmental research and monitoring as well as mapping (2Dd and 3D) and photogrammetry; agriculture; asset inspection and emergency services.