Drone Camp inspires Girls to break down barriers to gender equality

Girls get hands on experience flying drones.
Girls get hands on experience flying drones.


BREAKING stereotypes for young girls is a wonderful thing, and there’s a program coming to Port Stephens that is smashing stereotypes out of the park, and encouraging girls to join a traditionally male dominated field.

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The ‘ME’ Program is hosting two ‘camps’ in the January school holidays for girls to learn drone piloting.

The two day Sheflies (she-flies) events will be held at two Hunter locations – PCYC Port Stephens and Hunter School of Performing Arts.

The camps will teach girls; manual flight tutorial and practice (hands-on), scenario based flight practice activities (hands-on), real-life applications of drone technology, Australian regulations, safety considerations and flight briefing.

Girls will work in teams of three throughout the sessions and swap between the roles of Pilot in Charge, Co-Pilot, and Air Traffic Controller.

Girls in the program will learn by undertaking ‘real life’ scenarios.

The Port Stephens camp will take place on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 January 2018, from 8.30am—4pm each day at PCYC Port Stephens (7 Austral Street, Nelson Bay).

The course will then run again in Newcastle on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 January 2018 from 8.30am – 4pm each day in the Bini shell hall at Hunter School of Performing Arts (Broadmeadow Road, Broadmeadow).

The course costs only $50 total per person, which includes the two day drone course, lunch and snacks.

Jackie Dujmovic from the Sheflies program told News Of The Area, “This program will be the first event of its kind in NSW and is being sponsored by regional development Hunter and Me Program.”

“It will be a great opportunity for local girls to learn more about this growing industry, and to immerse themselves in two days of cementing the knowledge in their heads that they can do anything they put their mind to that interests them.”

“Sheflies generates conversation around gender equality in STEM, using the world of drones to inspire and provide a platform for change to occur,” she said.

You can find more information on the program, or book a place, at: http://www.meprogram.com.au/sheflies-drone-camp-in-port-stephens/


By Rachael VAUGHAN


The drone camp will teach young girls all the inner workings of the industry.
The drone camp will teach young girls all the inner workings of the industry.


The girls will recreate real life situations.
The girls will recreate real life situations.



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