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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as "drones," are increasing in popularity, availability, and usefulness as a tool for education and research, especially in STEM fields (science, technology, egineering, and math). Join NH Sea Grant's education program and the UNH Marine Docent Drone Team for our first-ever series of Drone Workshops this summer: one for students (grades 5-12) and one for science educators. See below for workshop details and registration information.

Questions? Contact: Mark Wiley (mark.wiley@unh.edu)

Workshop Instructors:
Instructors are Part 107-certified under the FAA's Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Rule.

  • Dr. Chuck Getter, Career Tech Charter High School, Lincoln City, Oregon
  • Mark Wiley, Assistant Director for Marine Education, NH Sea Grant & UNH Cooperative Extension
  • UNH Marine Docent Drone Team

UNH Marine Docents logo with NH Sea Grant Extension logo

drone hovering in the air with students standing in the background
Drone photo of New Hampshire coastline by Mark Wiley

Details below show summer 2019 Drone Workshops. Details for summer 2020 workshops are not yet available.
Email nh.seagrant@unh.edu with any questions.

For Students - Drone Flight Skills Workshop

Sunday, July 21, 2019 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, UNH Campus
24 Colovos Rd, Durham, NH 03824

  • Open to Middle and High School students, Grades 5-12.
  • Space is limited! Maximum of 10 participants.
  • This workshop is FREE, but prior registration is required.

REGISTER Your student 

This Drone Flight Skills Workshop is an opportunity for students to practice flying small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as "drones," and to learn drone regulations from trained instructors.

Participants will be introduced to important elements of safe drone piloting: the official flight regulations, the aeronautics of drone flight, some flight activities to avoid, an overview of building a drone, and each student will get to fly a drone. Coding a drone before flight will be discussed and demonstrated.

Activities will include glider training to learn about aeronautics, flying drones using a simulator, and the opportunity to fly an actual drone under controlled conditions. All of the activities will be conducted in a low-pressure game environment, with a chance of taking home a small drone to keep!

For Educators - Coastal Drone Mapping Workshop

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH 03870

  • Open to formal and informal science teachers/educators.
  • Space is limited! Maximum of 8 participants.
  • Program Fee: $15.00 per person, lunch provided.


This workshop is designed for formal and informal science teachers/educators interested in learning about drone-based shoreline mapping using the saltmarsh in Rye, NH as a field site.

Tentative Educators' Workshop schedule and activities:

9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Building a Drone Program

  • Assessment
  • Resources - curriculum and equipment

Teacher's Flight Training

  • Flight planning - regulations and software
  • DroneDeploy exercise with data provided
  • Mapping curriculum and student learning goals

11:30 - 12:30 p.m. 
Lunch & walk to field site (lunch provided)

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Mapping Exercise

  • Salt marsh mapping lesson plan
  • Data management lesson plan
  • Examine Drone Deploy maps
    • Photomosaics
    • Vegetative condition
    • Topography
    • Digital Surface Map (3D)