Free Drone Programming Curriculum Amid Corona Virus Concerns; Medical Drones in Rwanda and Innovation

Welcome to the Learning with Drones Podcast with Heather Monthie, educator, technologist, pilot, and STEM education advocate. In this episode, I share a free drone programming curriculum, the new DJI RoboMaster EP, and medical drones in Rwanda and innovation.

Tynker offers free drone programming curriculum

Tynker offers free drone programming curriculum to Prek-12 teachers worldwide affected by the corona virus. You can watch my YouTube video on how to apply for the offer here:

DJI Launches RoboMaster EP

DJI launches the RoboMaster EP, an educational robot. Worlds largest drone maker launching into the world of educational robots.

Corona Virus, Medical Drones in Rwanda, and Innovation

  • 2016 Rwanda established the first nationwide system of medical drones. 2/3 of blood deliveries outside the capital are delivered by drones.
  • Robert Graboyes, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Darcy Nikol Bryan wrote about the medical reasons to use drones in the US
  • Offers speedier deliveries over vast rural areas, urban areas troubled with traffic, and disrupted transportation routes (icy roads, etc)
  • In Rwanda, CA based Zipline carries medications, supplies, and other items using fixed-wing drones to deliver to clinics throughout the country
  • Ghana is another country with light air traffic and medical drones are crtitical for supplying medical supplies in a timely manner
  • 2017 Tanzania announced similar plans
  • 2018 An Australian company Swoop Aero began delivering vaccines to Vanuatu, a small nation in the Pacific
  • Many believe using drones for public safety and aid is key to acceptance in the US
  • Many live far from hospitals, road conditions can be bad, drones offer alternatives in these situations
  • Call out some obstacles to adoption, including BVLOS, privacy concerns
  • US could be benefiting from this same technology to transport medical supplies to rural areas and through traffic jams
  • In another article, Graboyes suggests that drones can be used to transport ill patients without putting medical personnel at risk
  • US has some obstacles that some smaller countries do not have, such as more frequent air traffic and the need for better unmanned traffic management (UTM)
  • Graboyes also brought up some other questions that need to be asked: should it be easier for doctors licensed in one state to be able to offer medical services in another?
  • We are still in the early stages of drones and the various medical uses of this technology.
  • Some estimates indicate this could be a $27 billion industry by 2030
  • China has been using drones to assist in delivering medical supplies to remove unnecessary human contact
  • China has used drones with thermal cameras to scan crowds to see who may need medical treatment
  • Using drones to spray sanitizer over densely population communities
  • Has also created some concerns with electronic surveillance and human rights

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