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ARINC to Develop UAS Course for Public School’s STEM Program

Class intended to be based in science, engineering

ARINC has teamed up with the Anne Arundel County Public School System to formulate an unmanned aerial systems course for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students.

Rolf Stefani, senior director of ARINC's technology innovation center, and South River High School technical education teacher Rob Tompkins, who jointly developed the class, will teach the course contents as part of the STEM and Project Lead the Way program, ARINC said Wednesday.

Stefani said the class is based on science and engineering and students will be taught how to engineer and fly small UASs in order to demonstrate flight theory.

“Our goal is to use innovative ways to teach highly complex subject matter that has applications in the real world,” Stefani added.

The course topics cover the types of unmanned aerial systems, various parts of flight dynamics, flight safety guidelines and telemetry theories, among others.

Other subjects such as engineering, computer science and electronics will also be integrated into the students’ output for problem solving situations.

ARINC funds the purchase of class equipment and supplies.

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