Instruction Guide: UAV Equipment

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NOTE (Sept 2021): The TPP videos used as the Primary Instructional Material used in the first 5 units of this course are currently unavailable.  We understand the TPP is creating an updated version of this series.  In the meantime, please see Differentiated Instructional Material: ALTERNATIVE for resources you can use for these lessons.

The Primary Instructional Resource for this Lesson is TPP UAV Training Program Part1:  Lessons 2

Note 1:  The Goals for the TPP resource is to lead to a Part 107 pilot license for a student who is at least 16 years old - that is NOT the goal of this first Unit in Aerial Robotics 101: Recreational UAVs.  We will use the TPP resources for several Lessons to provide an overview of key concepts for UAV operations.  While we want students to understand a UAV Pilot License is within their reach in high school, that is not the immediate focus of this Unit.  If fact, quite the opposite - Unit 1 is all about operating outside Part 107 (commercial UAV operations) and within recreational UAV operations (over school property) of the FAA UAV regulations to keep costs and barriers-to-entry for new schools/teachers as low as possible.

Note 2: As currently laid out, the TPP course is structured with a scope and sequence that logically follows the needs for a Part 107 overview course.  However, we will be using their lessons out-of-sequence in some cases for our recreational drone operations over school property based course.  The TPP site does not allow one to advance to a subsequent lesson until the quiz for the current lesson is successfully completed, which make skipping ahead or out-of-sequence awkward.  However, if your browser is set to accept cookies and you run through the course/quizzes once, you may then choose "Resume" and then use the "Menu" tab in the upper-right to resume at any point already completed.

> You may use the TPP resource for direct instruction to a group, or allow students to work through the lessons individually.  The first-time access process requires name, school, grade info - but none of this is verified (so non-identifying info may be used) and there is no email verification.

> Each lessons ends with a quiz that gates advancement to the next lesson - we suggest using this a Formative Assessment tool.


TPP UAV Training Program - Part 1, Lesson 2

> sUAS and UAVs are described

> Roles of 3-person are described, however Aerial Robotics 101 roles are slightly different:
   >>> Pilot - safely controls aircraft
   >>> Flight Director (vs Programmer) - directs flight operations and photo/video shoots
   >>> Safety Manager (vs Observer) - ensures safe environment for flight operations

> Components of UAV are defined and described

> Preflight safety procedures are described
   >>> See Differentiated Instructional Material for Parrot Mambo, DJI Tello and DJI Spark checklists

> Battery safety procedures are described

> FAA line of sight requirement and signal transmission limitations are described

> GPS operation is explained

> Compass operation and limitations are described

> NOTE: UAV Autonomous operations are described, but largely not applicable to recreational pilots.  The Aerial Robotics 101 Unit 1, Lesson 6 (Coding) does allow autonomous operations, however there is no ability to switch between pilot control and autonomous in a given flight.  One must choose to pilot the UAV, or run code to fly the UAV autonomously (with Abort/End Program being to only option to manually control the UAV).

Complete the Lesson 2 Quiz to check understanding.


This Differentiated Instructional Material: Extended has a more detailed TPP lesson on UAV Sensors.



Upon completion of the TPP lesson, get students hands-on with the drone they will be using (note, keep battery uninstalled to avoid accidental power-up).  Use the Summative Assessment to have students document the components and safety protocols for their drone.


Check Differentiated Instructional Material and Additional Assessments for more resources around the topics covered in this TPP lesson.