Drone Theory & Design

About the Course

The Drone Theory & Design course is designed to develop students’ ability to identify the various components of a drone. These components could include airframes, electric motors, propellers, flight controllers and batteries. Through learning about the FAA, students will understand drone regulations and safety considerations surrounding drone use. 

Total Lessons 11
Grade Level 10th - 12th
Projects, Activities & Assessments 206

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Each lesson includes media-rich presentations, a pre-made lesson plan, assessments and engaging real-world projects and activities. To get an idea of what iCEV offers, explore the sample lesson and resources below.

Course Lessons

Design & Documentation: Engineering Design
Design & Documentation: Documentation & Teamwork
Design & Documentation: Tool Options
Safety Considerations - Introduction to Safety
Safety Considerations: Drone Knowledge
Safety Considerations: Privacy Policies & Flight Procedures
Introduction to Drones: Overview
Introduction to Drones: Drone Components
Introduction to Drones: Current Uses & Future Potential
Airframes - Airframe Characteristics & the History of Helicopter Design
Airframes: Early Multirotor Aircraft Designs
Airframes: Advancements & Multicopter Configurations
Airframes: Airframe Sizes & Materials
Electric Motors: Introduction & the History of Electric Motors
Electric Motors: AC & DC Motors
Electric Motors: Calculations of Motor Ratings
Electric Motors: Choosing a Motor
Propellers: Introduction, The History & Propeller Design Theory
Propellers: Size, Pitch, Direction & Blades
Propellers: Propeller Safety & Balancing
Propellers: Propeller Materials & Choosing Propellers
Propellers: Using eCalc
Electronic Speed Controllers: Introduction to ESCs
Electronic Speed Controllers: How ESCs Work
Electronic Speed Controllers: ESC Ratings
Electronic Speed Controllers: Calibrating & Programming ESCs
Electronic Speed Controllers: Firmware Options & Mounting ESCs
Flight Controllers: Introduction & How Flight Controllers Work
Flight Controllers: Sensors & Guidance Systems
Flight Controllers: Autonomous Flight & Geo-Fencing
Flight Controllers: Sense-&-Avoid, the Flight Purpose & Flight Controller Categories
Batteries, Chargers & Connectors: Introduction & the History of Batteries
Batteries, Chargers & Connectors: Battery Overview
Batteries, Chargers & Connectors: LiPo Batteries
Batteries, Chargers & Connectors: Battery Health & Connectors
Transmitters & Receivers: Introduction & the History of Radio Control
Transmitters & Receivers: Maneuvering, Controllers/Transmitters & Modes
Transmitters & Receivers: Flight Modes, Receivers, Frequency Bands & Programming
Cameras, Gimbals & Other Payloads: Payload Considerations & Camera Options
Cameras, Gimbals & Other Payloads: Resolution, Sensors, Media & Quality Effects
Cameras, Gimbals & Other Payloads: Gimbals & Lenses
Cameras, Gimbals & Other Payloads: Exp Settings, Video Frame Rates & Saving Flies
Ground Control Stations & FPV: GCS Overview & Telemetry
Ground Control Stations & FPV: Data Tracking
Ground Control Stations & FPV: Mission Planning & 3D Modeling/Mapping
Ground Control Stations & FPV: FPV & Drone Racing
Regulations & the FAA: Regulating Airspace
Regulations & the FAA: Federal, State & Local Control
Regulations & the FAA: Recreational Drone Use
Regulations & the FAA: Commercial Drone Use
Efficiency vs. Performance
Efficiency vs. Performance: Efficiency in Various Drone Components
Efficiency vs. Performance: Build or Buy