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You have made the wise choice of embarking on a knowledge and fun filled journey into the world of drones. See the world through the eyes of an unmanned aerial vehicles and systems (UAV/ UAS). In this project you'll:

  • Learn what a drone is, and general applications
  • Learn general aerospace fundamentals and principles
  • Learn how a drone works
  • Discuss FAA regulations and privacy
  • Learn the basics of UAV operation
  • & Much More!

This year we have added Quads Away: A Drone Curriculum For All to the Drone Project resources!

Whether you are a solo pilot tackling this curriculum alone, or a group of new pilots working with a project instructor/teacher, you will find that this curriculum is designed for you. The goal of Quads Away: A Drone Curriculum For All is to incorporate the various Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields into an easy to follow curriculum that helps the user to understand drones and their technologies in a comprehensive way. Through the use of a multimedia approach, users will be guided through three (3) progressive sections:

1. Ground School, which introduces users to the terminology, technology and basics of the drone industry before taking flight. In addition, users also explore the relevant aerospace principles involved in drone flight.

2. Pre-Flight School, which guides users through the relevant UAS laws and procedures involved in flying drones. Also users will learn how to complete mission checklists, flight logs, and contact Air traffic Control personnel when flying close to an airport.

3. Flight School, which develops user’s skills from basic to advanced maneuvers through the use of both training missions and real world missions. Users will be able to apply the skills learned in Part 1 and Part 2 to become competent and safe recreational pilots.


This curriculum includes several activities to aid in the learning process, and also encourages youth to use internet sources through Online Reconnaissance Missions. As an FAA Part 107 Certified sUAS Remote Pilot, I have included as much relevant drone information as I could without it becoming overwhelming. For those wishing to gain more information on particular topics, an additional resource page has been included for that purpose.

You will notice that this curriculum does not have an Index/Glossary. That is intentional. It is expected that the youth use modern technologies to come up with answers to the posed questions, and verify amongst each other. For many of the activities, the final answer is not what is important, but rather the thought process used to arrive there. This curriculum is not designed to create content experts, but rather process experts capable of using their resources and intellect to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to become a competent recreational drone pilot.


The Curriculum Can be accessed through the 4-H University App on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store!