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Ten North Texas School Districts To Launch Aerial Robotics Initiative

More than two dozen STEM teachers from 10 different North Texas school districts trained for the launch of the North Central Texas Aerial Robotics Initiative at Fort Worth ISD's Teaching and Learning Center Thursday, September 26.

This initiative is sponsored by TEA’s Texas Regional Pathways Networks and is designed to provide schools that teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with educational pathways to the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry.

At the very beginning of the training teachers were treated to a short aerial display of unmanned aerial robotics capabilities.uaeflying

The Aerial Robotics Initiative is being funded by a $700,000 TEA grant administered by the Fort Worth ISD. Each school district will have the opportunity to order UAV’s from OnPoynt Drone Solutions which was awarded the contract for the initiative following a thorough Request for Proposal process. In addition, OnPoynt will provide the professional development and the classroom curriculum.

“OnPoynt is proud to be part of NCTX Aerial Robotics STEM Initiative,” said Ron Poynter, president of OnPoynt. “Drones in the classroom offer students hands-on exposure to exciting new technology and aviation careers.”

As one of the 10 school districts participating the Fort Worth ISD will be offering this course in 17 of its high schools. Other districts participating include Azle ISD, Birdville ISD, Cleburne ISD, Crowley ISD, Era ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Keller ISD, and Strawn ISD.

OnPoynt, founded in 2012, is the nation’s leading supplier of classroom-ready STEM drone education and drone racing kits to schools, universities and community organizations. OnPoynt’s focus is a hands-on learning experience for elementary through college students. OnPoynt creates innovative solutions - drones, curriculum and training - for education customers. See more about OnPoynt Drone Solutions at onpoynt.com.

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