4-H and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - New York Connections for Curriculum Development

Worksite Location
CCE Oneida County
Faculty Sponsor
Susan Hoskins, Senior Extension Associate, Soil and Crop Sciences
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Lynette Kay, Program Educator, CCE Oneida County
Stipend Amount
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The 4-H Geospatial Science and Technology Program is developing curriculum on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) for remote sensing, including agricultural applications. Our goal is to design and deliver safe, legal, educational and fun remote sensing fundamentals and applications activities with 4-H educators and volunteers to bring to their youth audiences over the next three years. The 4-H program in CCE Oneida is uniquely positioned to host a CALS-CCE intern to research connections with NUAIR Alliance research partners and businesses, assemble a database of resources and support the writing and piloting of curriculum for 4-H youth. CCE Oneida is located in proximity to the UAV test site at Griffiss International Airport and regional companies associated with the development of the UAV industry in New York. Educators at CCE Oneida have demonstrated commitment to STEM and geospatial science and technology excellence providing leadership in the 4-H STEM Program Work Team, hosting and attending our regional 4-H Geospatial In-service and incorporating geospatial activities to enrich ongoing programs. An intern under the field supervision of a 4-H educator will experience the specific goals and methodologies of 4-H club, camp and afterschool program delivery.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student intern will undertake research to support the development of 4-H curriculum in unmanned aerial vehicles. It will include database building and youth development experience. Intern will work closely with faculty sponsor and Association mentor. Periodic on-site meetings to plan and assess progress will be required. 1. Database development, statewide and nationwide resources a. Web research b. Telephone survey to establish youth program partnerships including Academy of Model Aeronautics chapters in New York. c. Assemble resource library of published materials, digital and print. 2. Connect to National 4-H initiatives, participate in national conference calls updating national on New York progress and incorporating national 4-H guidance into New York programs. a. National 4-H GPS/GIS Leadership Team (GGLEAD) b. National 4-H Association Geospatial Task Force 3. Contact development – industry partners including but not limited to: a. NUAIR Alliance – headquartered in Syracuse, test site in Rome, New York. b. Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Empire State Chapter. c. ANDRO Computational Solutions, Rome, New York. Developing quadcopter STEM program for high school students d. CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, Syracuse, New York. Sponsor of NUAIR/AUVSI Industry Days event. 4. Attend and assist with 4-H Geospatial workshop at the 4-H Career Explorations Focus for Teens held on the Cornell University camps. 5. Attend and assist with 4-H Geospatial In-service trainings as available. 6. Assist CCE Oneida staff with STEM programming, including UAV curriculum draft activities.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CALS freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.

Position requires demonstrated communication skills, including professional level telephone skills, organized writing ability and orientation to team work. Due to the setting and goal of 4-H curriculum development, enthusiasm for working with youth is critical. Course work in STEM areas is helpful to promote the translation of research and development of geospatial science and technology and applications to educational activities.

Benefits and Skills

The intern will develop a broad array of information and skills in the area of geospatial science and technology, including the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing. The intern will experience the delivery of educational programs in the service of Extension specifically, but not limited to, youth audiences. The intern will develop a knowledge of business, educational and governmental components of the UAV industry in New York.