Developing high-quality drone technology is essential for the emerging global market, as drones are able to perform increasingly complex tasks with limited human intervention. Businesses and defense organizations are increasing their investments in drone research to aid in military emergency response, disaster relief, and damage assessment during wildfires, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Utilizing innovative engineering technology to design high quality, autonomous drones is our goal.
As building drones helps students develop valuable skills in robotics and hardware design, we propose a project to incorporate STMicroelectronics drone kit STEVAL-DRONE01 in our educational program. The goal of the project is to design a curriculum to enrich our Robotics Engineering, specifically, our course ECE8: Robot Automation: Intelligence, through Feedback Control through the use of STMicroelectronics drone kits. To this end, we developed a series of six ECE8 labs, which are detailed below, that to fit teaching modality during the pandemic, can be carried out remotely. The labs developed incoroporating STMicroelectronics drone kit are available at the following website: https://hybrid.soe.ucsc.edu/incorporating-stdrone-in-robotics-education