Evaluating the “Drone the Unknown” 4-H Program Curriculum

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Virginia Tech


Within the past ten years, there has been an increase in the demand for more STEM-based programs as is evident by the increase in STEM related careers and opportunities. In order to keep up with these career opportunities and continue to encourage youth to engage in developing technology, it is critical to expose them to programs highlighting STEM topics. Currently there is no official 4-H curriculum using drones as the main component for the instruction. This realization sparked the inspiration of a new program curriculum called “Drone the Unknown”. In this five-part curriculum, students are engaged with multiple STEM related SOL topics and 4-H life skills. This curriculum development and evaluation project serves to determine how effective this drone curriculum is in reinforcing these topics according to a review by 4-H professionals.