DroneBlocks Introductory Course
Learn programming concepts and watch drones fly
The DroneBlocks curriculum will teach students and teachers how to do awesome things with drones. Using programming blocks and a DJI drone you will go through eight exciting less plans that progressively get more complex. Not only will you learn how to code, but you will learn about the exciting real-world applications of drones. For example, in Lesson 6 you'll use DroneBlocks to shoot a 360 aerial panorama with your drone. You will learn how to stitch the photos together to create a panoramic masterpiece.
DroneBlocks is available for iPad and iPhone in the App Store. You can download it here:
For desktop users DroneBlocks is also available as a Chrome App. The great thing about the Chrome app is that missions can be pre-programmed in the classroom, saved, and shared with devices in the field. You can download the Chrome App here:
This class only scratches the surface of what can be done with DroneBlocks and your drone. Stay tuned for more exciting drone classes to come.
Dennis has been fascinated with remote control cars and airplanes since he was a kid. Through his passion of the RC hobby he learned many aspects of engineering by building, wiring, and programming flight controllers for his RC planes and quadcopters. He shares a majority of his research and development on his YouTube channel.
In 2010 Dennis found the ArduPilot project and was amazed by the vibrant developer community behind the project. From this point forward he spent countless hours tinkering in the garage and building numerous autonomous drones ranging from hexacopters, VTOL aircraft, delta wings, and mini quads. This was all made possible with APM and Pixhawk flight controllers.
In 2014 Dennis designed and 3D printed a popular mini quadcopter frame and posted it on Thingiverse. At this time he crossed paths with Marisa at Walnut Springs Elementary School in Dripping Springs, TX. Dennis asked Marisa if he could work with her after-school "Tech Team" to teach students how to print, wire, build and fly these little mini quadcopters. Students loved the idea but quickly asked how they could use the drones to shoot photos and video. This led Dennis to the DJI SDK.
In 2015 Dennis put together a proof of concept of using block programming and coupled it with the DJI SDK to tap into the capabilities of market leading drone hardware. From this day DroneBlocks was born. Students loved the concept of block programming to perform autonomous missions with DJI hardware. DroneBlocks has grown into a platform that consists of app, curriculum, and a vibrant community of users sharing their mission code all over the world.
Dennis graduated from The Citadel with a BS in Electrical Engineering and is no stranger to software technology. He has co-founded several technology businesses over the past 20 years. In this next chapter Dennis and Marisa want to expand DroneBlocks into every STEAM classroom across the globe.
StartDroneBlocks Lesson 1 - Drone Safety
StartDroneBlocks Lesson 2 - Dronie Mission
StartDroneBlocks Lesson 3 - Introduction to Programming Loops
StartDroneBlocks Lesson 4 - Box Flight
StartDroneBlocks Lesson 5 - 360° Drone Panorama
StartDroneBlocks Lesson 6 - Hexagon Mission
StartDroneBlocks Lesson 7 - Shuttle Run
StartDroneBlocks Lesson 8 - Spiraling Square