Hillel Academy integrates Flight School for aerial photography drone into MakerLab curriculum

(PR NewsChannel) / November 18, 2014 / TAMPA, Fla. 

Hillel Academy TampaHillel Academy, Tampa Bay’s premier community day school, is proud to announce an expansion of their MakerLab middle school curriculum to include the creation of a Flight School for the school’s new aerial photography drone. The Hillel Academy drone is a Phantom DJI Vision 2 Plus manufactured by DJI.

Under the direction of IT teacher Michael Gamson, groups of 4 students at a time attend Flight School in order to learn to assemble the drone, perform a series of pre-flight procedures and fly the drone at incrementally higher altitudes. They begin by flying the drone as low as 10 feet above the ground and advance to flying it more than 50 feet high. They fly the drone further and further away in order to capture the perfect 360 degree video. After mastering the process, each student will take a drone certification test. As the students become certified, others will be invited to train on the drone’s operation.

Visit this vimeo link – https://vimeo.com/108153107 – to see the drone in action.

The Hillel Academy aerial photography drone has also been used to photograph soccer games and it helped the third grade students conduct a search & rescue mission in Hillel Academy’s back field as part of their maps and geography lessons.

Mission Statement

Hillel Academys mission is to provide a superior education that encourages a love of learning and a strong Jewish identity. To that end, Hillel students are encouraged to attain the highest possible level of personal achievement.


Hillel Academy accepts admissions applications on a continual basis. Hillel Academy offers morning bus service from North Pinellas county with bus stops at Temple Ahavat Shalom, Woodlands Square in Oldsmar, and Westchase. Bus service from South Tampa also is available from Congregation Rodeph Sholom.

Hillel Academy is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC) and is a member of the Jewish Community Day School Network. The school is recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education as a Blue Ribbon School.


Jody Sherman

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SOURCE:  Hillel Academy

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