||There is a recent impetus for curriculum that enhances skills in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the K-12 school system. Analysis of STEM curriculum
in the US has noted gaps in national test scores compared to other developed countries
and has stressed the importance of STEM education on the economic future of the US.
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly known as drones) can be an effective
tool in the integration of STEM-related class activities. Lessons designed with drones
can provide an exciting and hands-on environment for students to gain practical experience
in solving real-world problems. This paper examines current use of drones in K-12
classrooms as aligned with current state and national standards, and it provides insight
on successes and disparities on the execution of an introductory course on drones.
The lesson provided can serve as a framework for the development of drone curriculum
in STEM classrooms that align with North Carolina and Next Generation Science Standards.