Nicolle Currey teaches Agriculture, Science and STEM at Lightning Ridge Central School. She also operates a self-replacing merino flock and, when the seasons allow, she grows crops and runs cattle. Ms Currey has been integral in the reintroduction of Agriculture as an elective at her school and has been promoting the subject among students and developing engaging and practical units.
Drone Technology in Agriculture
The secondary school environment is an ideal way to promote and develop programs across the curriculum to foster aspirations amongst students in agricultural careers needing drone technicians and pilots. The purpose of this unit is to give students a taste of how UAV’s can be used in a real-life, local agricultural setting. Although the example here is based on the biological control of Hudson Pear (Cylindropuntia rosea), a weed of significance in our local area using Cochineal (Dactylopius tomentosus). Most schools will be able to identify a weed of national or local significance relevant to their area that this unit can be similarly applied to.