STEM Student Receives Drone Certification Scholarship

You might remember the bizarre stories about drones being spotted along Colorado’s eastern plains during the holiday season last year. A Valor student was paying attention, too, and it furthered his interest in exploring his aviation aspirations.

Faith plays a vital role in Carson Evans’ ‘21 aeronautical pursuits as he seeks to use his skills and passions to help others in times of need. “I would love to help out the fire department or rescue teams,” he explains. “In general, I would like to use my drone license in ways that help other people.”

Carson was recently awarded a Drone Pilot Ground School scholarship where he will receive training towards his drone pilot’s license. “I first became interested in drones because of drone racing and videos on YouTube,” Carson remembers. “I got my first drone during Christmas in 2016. It was a cheap drone that cost about $20 and it broke in three days.”

Valor’s Drones as a Creative Tool class encourages Carson to continue to pursue his interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Learning the rules and regulations needed to be issued a 107 license is particularly appealing to Carson and many of his classmates. “Getting this license classification would allow us to work in jobs involving drones,” explains Carson, who would like to use his remote pilot certification to get a job doing surveys of land and buildings.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Transportation first issued operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”) in 2016, which opened pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. The regulations “work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.”

This hands-on class and scholarship opportunity is a perfect example of the ways in which Valor’s Institute for Applied STEM is supporting students in pursuing their interests, while potentially finding a career pathway.

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