We are a co-ed / all boys school - will you teach boys?
Absolutely! Our program is gender neutral and just as much fun for boys as it is for girls. However we do stipulate that girls and boys are trained separately. This is because they have different learning styles and we want to ensure that we cater for this, particularly with respect to building girls' confidence with the technology.
What age groups do you cater for?
Our existing programs cater for all ages from Grade 5. We can teach the younger years, but the student:adult ratio is often needed to be a lot lower and extra time and space is needed. We find that the younger years don't have as much spatial awareness, so just need a bit more room to fly the drones.
I’m a teacher, what support do you provide me?
We provide teacher professional experience workshops to ensure that what we teach when we visit your school can then be continued in the classroom. We know that this is new technology and that teachers are busy people. So we have done the hard work for you and can provide ready made lesson plans and resources to meet the Australian Curriculum outcomes.
I'm an adult, can you teach me too?
Of course! We have programs specifically for adults and are also flexible in designing something to suit your needs. Our program has a strong foundation in geospatial technology so we have a mapping flavour to our training.
Are your school programs mapped against the Australia Curriculum and Digital Technologies learning area?
Yes, our programs are designed by qualified teachers and tertiary educators. They are mapped against the Australian Curriculum so teachers have confidence that the program provides real life outcomes.
If you do a program with us, you will have access to our library of resources for teachers, such as lesson plans and assessment sheets.
Are your programs really designed by qualified teachers and university lecturers?
Yes, our co-founder, Dr Karen Joyce has been engaged in tertiary teaching since 1999. Karen has led the creation of the program content with qualified teachers reviewing and adding to the resources.
Are all your instructors trained through a comprehensive multi-day training program?
Yes. All our instructors are required to attend a minimum two-day training course where they are trained and assessed. Our instructors are chosen against a competitive recruitment process.
Ongoing training and mentoring is a key part of our instructors ongoing professional development.
Can I get my Remote Pilot's License (RePL) through She Flies?
No, we are not providers of this level of training. However graduates of a She Flies program will have a head start in drone flight when undertaking an RePL course.
Our adult mapping workshops provide training and experience above and beyond what is addressed in RePL certification.
Do you conduct 1-1 Training
We can provide 1-1 training. However, please note that we do not provide training for you to gain your Remote Pilot Licence (RePL). But if you just want some training to increase your confidence in using the technology, then this can be arranged.
What will it take to bring She Flies to my town or school?
We will go wherever demand takes us! If we aren't already scheduled to come to your town or school, get a group of people together and get in contact with us. The more people you have, the cheaper the price will be to cover instructor travel expenses. We do have instructors around the country! We encourage Schools to sign up to our FREE e-book and we will send you links to all the booking information you need.
How much do your programs cost?
We have different pricing structures for corporate and educational programs. We also develop packages specific to your needs so please contact us to discuss.
Prices are affected by the number of drones you need, whether or not you loan or buy them, and how far the instructor needs to travel to teach the program. If you are at a School, sign up to our FREE e-book and we will send you a link to our booking information, which includes our prices.
Are you a CASA approved training provider?
CASA approved training is required for organisations providing Remote Pilot Licence training. We do not provide RePL training. Our programs come from a STEM and education background first and foremost.
We do meet CASA regulations in all other aspects of flying drones though. We hold a CASA Operating Certificate, our Chief Education Officer, Dr Karen Joyce holds a RePL for flying drones up to 7kg and we have Aviation Grade public liability insurance.
We continue to work with CASA and Education Departments around the safe integration of drones into schools.
Do you hold Unmanned Aerial Vehicle aviation grade insurance for public liability?
Yes, She Flies holds a $20M Premises Liability aviation grade insurance policy.
We want some more information on the Mambo drones...
Here are the basics...
- The Parrot Mambo has a camera on the bottom of the drone.
- It has additional accessories such as a grabber and pea shooter.
- You need a touch screen android or iOS device to use as the controller to fly it with.
- You can add a controller to fly with it. This mimics the remotes you fly larger drones with.
- The Mambo FPV has a headset and a FPV camera that fits to the top of the drone. FPV stands for 'First Person View'. When you wear the goggles you can see what the drone is seeing. This is an introduction to Drone Racing.
Do you sell larger drones?
We don't. The reason is that there are a large range of drones out there and it depends on what you want to use it for. Our Chief Education Officer has flown a wide range of drones, from the 60 gram Mambo through to 25kg heavy lift drones and everything in between. So we know a bit about capabilities.
Honestly, we don't recommend that schools invest in the larger drones for their classrooms at this stage. There are a range of risks that must be considered, including public liability insurance. The standard PL insurance most schools have is unlikely to cover drone flights (we have Aviation insurance). Also, there are a number of CASA regulations which need to be adhered to, including not flying within 30m of people when outdoors, not flying over the top of people, not within certain distances of airports etc.
We believe that the learning outcomes can be obtained with a drone like the Parrot Mambo, without adding in the additional risk of larger drones.