On April 15th we had the pleasure of being a sponsor for the Kids Rock Science Event at the MOSI in Tampa, FL. This event was hosted by CW44 (WTOG) and its purpose is to continue efforts to encourage children to be more interested and engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math.
This event turned out to be a huge success as there was a very large turnout. Flying drones for the kids (and adults) was pretty fun also. We never shy away from talking about drones, their capabilities, and love to educate people on their many uses.
If you are involved in this industry at all you will know there is an enormous amount of bad press concerning drones. We will dive deeper into this in another post but the moral of the story is drones=good.
Like with any emerging technology education is key to successfully deploying, growing, and maintaining an industry. The best place to start is with the kids. Most that I know, including my 5 year old son Carson, are not scared of technology. They are immersed in it everyday and its part of their lives. The cliche that Grandma calls her grandchild to help her figure out her iPad really happens. Im excited for what the future holds as far as technology is concerned and im thankful for events like this to make sure kids continue down a path to understanding and appreciating STEM.
Understanding how to world and things in it works and how to literally build something from an idea is immensely satisfying. My opinion is that as kids get more and more immersed in technology they could potentially get bored easily if their minds aren't stimulated with new ideas and technologies. I think as a society we need to not be afraid of this fact but cultivate it.
I hold STEM initiatives in the same regards as teaching entrepreneurial skills and spirit. Both are foundations of this country and have brought the world the greatest advancements in human history.
I'm not exclaiming that Titan Drones is a world changing company but I believe it embodies the spirit of tireless effort, dedication, trial and error, and entrepreneurial spirit. All of these things are great lessons for kids to learn and use.