DroneBlocks: Math with Drones
8 lessons that teach how math is an essential building block in drone applications
This is an sneak preview of the DroneBlock Math Course. The introductory pricing of $49 will give you access to the first 3 lessons of our 8 lesson course. We will launch the remaining 5 lessons over the next several weeks. The $49 introductory pricing will grant you access to all 8 lessons as they become available. We will release each new lesson as it is completed. After all 8 lessons are released the price of this course will go up to $89.
The list of lessons in the DroneBlocks Math Course are listed below. You will have free access to the first lesson so you can see the quality of content you'll be purchasing. If you haven't gone through our free DroneBlocks Introductory Course and Challenge Missions, we highly recommend you do so!
The DroneBlocks Math Course will walk through 8 lessons that teach students about the importance of math in drone applications. Every aspect of a drone from its GPS receiver, camera, remote control, and other components use math to make your drone smarter. Here are the lessons this course will cover:
Lesson 1: Measuring Distance Using a Drone Photo
Learn about photogrammetry and use DroneBlocks to take a nadir photo. From that photo you'll learn how to measure distances between two points on the earth's surface.
Lesson 2: Calculating Area Using a Drone Photo
In many applications it's important to determine the area of a field, building, lot, and other objects in the real world. This lesson will take you through the process of capturing a drone photo with DroneBlocks and learn how to calculate area.
Lesson 3: Calculating Distance Between GPS Waypoints
Learn how DroneBlocks calculates distance between GPS waypoints to determine where to send a drone during autonomous missions.
Lesson 4: Calculating Vertical Speed (coming soon)
Lesson 5: Orbit Around an Object Using a Circle Equation (coming soon)
Lesson 6: Fly a Vertical Arc Over an Object (coming soon)
Lesson 7: Calculate Speed Using GPS EXIF Data of Drone Photos (coming soon)
Lesson 8: Create a Map with Overlapping Drone Photos (coming soon)
Scroll down to access a free preview of Lesson 1. If you have any questions about this course or want to inquire about volume discounts please send an email to [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!
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.