Grant Allowing Beatrice Middle School Students to Use Drone Technology

BEATRICE – Some Beatrice Middle School students got the chance to show off their skills with drone technology, just before Monday night’s Beatrice School Board meeting.

Recently, Bid Red Keno announced a grant of $7,500 to the Beatrice Public Schools for students to study drones, their technology applications to business and public entities and ways to solve problems with the technology.

Curriculum Director, Dr. Jackie Nielsen says all grade levels at the middle school are participating.

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Students used the administration building gym and an outdoors area to demonstrate drone technology. Students Maddie Nielsen, Luke Hamilton and Tucker Timmerman spoke briefly to the board, Monday night.

Timmerman talked about how a drone was used at the local co-op.

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Dr. Nielsen says the more technologically savvy students can become, the more marketable their skills will be, and they’ll be better prepared for work.

Nielsen says the district will be able to apply for grants again, through Big Red Keno, which has game locations in the city.

Last night, students flew drones inside the gym and videotaped the demonstration, using a drone.  Outside, students demonstrated their flying skills with a drone circling the administration building.

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