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creative learning

for schools and academies
 
Why book a DRONEday with us?
What are the benefits for your pupils?
Excellent value for money
A customised package for your school
Coverage of the Computing PoS
All resources provided by us
Experienced and enthusiastic educators
Minimal planning - we do it all
An engaging and stimulating experience
Independent, hands-on practical learning
Problem-solving and teamwork
STEM skills and knowledge consolidation
Accessible opportunities for all learners
A really enjoyable and fun day!
 

creative coding for your classroom

Using exciting drone technologies, we offer a fantastic hands-on experience for your pupils that brings coding (programming) to life. Even with the host of great apps available for pupils to learn coding, we believe that the most effective and engaging learning experiences are those that offer pupils the chance to experiment with coding using physical devices. Pupils can more easily see the cause and effect of their coding decisions and this encourages them to debug (fault find) and develop their code. Our sessions cover many aspects of the core computer science elements in the Computing Curriculum and provide excellent STEM opportunities.

We will customise our package based on your school needs over either a half or full day. Our sessions are suitable for pupils across Key Stage 1 and 2, and lower Key Stage 3. During the day, we can deliver to multiple groups or classes allowing you to get the best out of our time with you.

We bring all of the resources needed for the day. All you need to provide is a suitable indoor space (a hall or gym being most appropriate) and the children! Our fleet of drones includes both aerial and land-based models and all of the coding is done on iPads using the excellent Tynker app (similar to Scratch). Working in small groups, pupils will be set challenges - creating, testing and debugging programs to control their drone.

Our DRONEday experiences are exceptional value starting at £250 for a half day experience and £350 for a full day.

our drone fleet

Airborne Cargo Drone

Jumping Race Drone

Codename Travis

An incredibly stable and manoeuvrable flying drone that can even carry your (Lego) luggage!

Codename Max

A self-balancing ground drone that is fast and responsive. Oh and he jumps!

Airborne Agility Drone

Codename Mambo

A second generation flying drone with enhanced features and a built in grabber!

the programming part

For some, the mere mention the word programming or coding can bring on a cold sweat! Coding can be complex, but with the range of apps now available and designed specifically for education, it doesn't have to be. Many of these apps use a simple drag and drop approach where blocks representing commands or instructions such as move forward, turn right, take off, flip, etc are arranged in a sequence. This approach was pioneered by 'Scratch' and has now been taken to the next level in the 'Tynker' app with the ability to program and control a range of drones.

In our sessions, your pupils will use Tynker on iPads to create, test and improve their coding sequences. Even if they haven't used Tynker or Scratch before, it really is so easy that they will pick it up in minutes.

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images from recent DRONEday school experiences

 
 

MORE INFORMATION

About us

 

We are passionate about what we do. Based on our firm belief that children learn best when they enjoy what they are doing, all of our school sessions are designed to engage and excite. We can’t stress enough how important it is for children to have access to control physical devices using the code that they create. Without this essential link to the physical world, children often find it difficult to contextualize and understand the purpose of programming.

Our consultants have over twenty five years of experience teaching across schools in Warwickshire, Coventry and Leicestershire. All are enhanced DBS checked and carry electronic proof of this.

 

We understand the demands on class and subject teachers and want to be able to offer you a package that will not only engage your pupils, but will help you to deliver your computing curriculum.

DRONEday packages

Every school is different and we don’t believe in a one-size fits all approach. From the point of your initial enquiry, we will work with you to develop a custom package based around key activity blocks we offer. Every DRONEday package includes:

  • Full access to our range of ground and aerial drones

  • iPads running Tynker for your pupils to create and debug their code

  • Resources for the day including safety equipment for pupil use

  • Small group work (maximum group size of 4) ensuring every pupil gets a hands-on experience

  • Focused, differentiated challenges

  • Experienced education consultant

To ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for your pupils our maximum session size is 30.

 

Pricing

Half day experience (up to 3 hours delivery time) - £295

Full day experience (up to 5 hours delivery time) - £395

 

Multiple days - we can offer discounts if you book a number of DRONEdays as follows:

 

Two half day sessions (up to 6 hours delivery time) - £550*

Two full day sessions (up to 10 hours delivery time) - £695

Three full day sessions (up to 15 hours delivery time) - £995

* must be consecutive days in the same week

 

We accept payment by BACS or cheque

 

Travel expenses – bookings within a 50 mile radius of Nuneaton, Warwickshire (click here to view) incur no travel expenses. Travel outside of these counties may incur an additional cost that will be confirmed at the time of any enquiry. If your location is such that that our journey will be more than two hours, we may have to consider overnight accommodation. This will be charged to you at cost based on a budget hotel rate – again this will be confirmed upon you making an enquiry.

Preparing for your experience

It is important to us that your pupils have the best experience possible. We will do everything we can to ensure this, but there are a few things you need to do to ensure that the days runs smoothly:

  • Provide a suitable indoor space for the experience. For the best experience, this should be a hall or gym as these usually provide not only the floor space required, but the vertical height for aerial drones. If your hall is needed at lunchtime, we can clear our resources temporarily. It may be possible to run your day in a large classroom, but furniture would need to be fully cleared prior to us arriving to setup. If in any doubt, please discuss this with us at the time of your enquiry.

  • We need access to the room at least an hour prior to the start of the experience and usually for a similar period at the end of the day.

  • The room you provide must have provision for power. Whilst we will bring our own extension leads and multi plug blocks, ideally we like to have at least four available 13 Amp sockets.

  • If the allocated room already has projection facilities or an LCD screen, please let us know. If the room doesn’t have these facilities, we will bring an LCD projector and will either need a plain wall to project onto or alternatively, we can bring a compact screen.

  • A set of simple safety procedures will be provided at the time of booking. Please go through these with your pupils prior to the experience. We will also recap them on the day.

  • A DRONEday experience is quite noisy! Whether aerial or ground, the drones themselves do make quite a bit of (motor) noise. Additionally, your children will be very excited and particularly so during the challenges.

  • Although we are fully trained teachers, we do expect that either a teacher or teaching assistant is with us throughout the day to support and deal with any school or pupil-specific issues.

  • If we are delivering a whole day experience, we will need a 30 minute lunchbreak approximately half way through the day. We will obviously fit this in with your school day.

  • Our consultants carry an electronic version of their enhanced DBS certificate. If your school needs to see their original document, please request this prior to the date of your event.

  • Our health and safety policy and risk assessments can be viewed here.

 

Enquiries & Bookings

You can email us, use our contact form or telephone us to make an enquiry or book an experience

Email - dronedays@yahoo.com 

Telephone – 0800 772 0072 or 07590 065590

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CURRICULUM LINKS

Whilst their main curriculum focus is computing, DRONEdays also support and promote many other areas of the curriculum including numeracy, literacy, science and technology. They also help to develop social and communication skills along with collaborative working.

 

All of our experience days provide opportunities to cover the computer science aspects of the computing curriculum as shown below.

understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions

create and debug simple programs

use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

KS1

design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

 

use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output

 

use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

KS2

KS3

design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems

 

use a programming language to solve a variety of computational problems; design and develop modular programs that use procedures or functions

 

understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely

 

TESTIMONIALS & CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

"The day was absolutely fantastic. The children really enjoyed it, it was well resourced and well organized. Sue was brilliant with the children and gave clear instruction, she made them aware of what to do when they encountered problems.

 

All the children gained and learned new skills and left the session confident in programming the drone. She also took time to find out what apps children had used previously to enable her to explain the software they were using.

 

Thanks for organizing this I really recommend it and if there is potential to have her back it would be worth it."

Year 5 Teacher, Broad Heath Primary School, Coventry

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Feedback from recent School DRONEdays

 
 

CONTACT US

Email: dronedays@yahoo.com

 

Tel: 0800 772 0072

We will always do our best to answer calls and respond as quickly as possible.

Please bear in mind that if we are delivering a DRONEday experience, it may be the end of the day or the following morning before we can get back to you.