As the debate over drone aircraft continues, watch as researchers test new ways to use the technology in the service of scientific research, such as measuring the amount of moisture in the rainforest canopies of Peru.
What is an example of a technology that has impacted society and/or the natural world?
What are some of the problems to be solved in getting drones to obey remote control signals?
What branches of mathematics are needed to get a drone to fly properly?
Define these aeronautic terms: gimbals, pitch, yaw, and roll.
What might be the advantage of drones over satellites?
Why are drones controversial?
What are the critical innovations that have allowed drone technology to advance?
What is the one variable that the central controller computer in the middle of the drone uses to dictate the altitude, direction, and speed of the drone?
What are the two variables that control the flight path?
What was the drone able to discover about the coal ash spill on the Dan River that other technologies could not?
What will the drone be able to discover about the rain forests of Peru?
Speculate on how data about water vapor and carbon sequestration by trees in Peru or the amount of coal ash in a waste pond might provide criteria for solutions about how we meet our needs and wants in the US.