The students, organized in work groups that identify an emerging community of cognitive apprenticeship practices, are confronted with a concrete problem to be solved, linked to the construction or study of a harmless drone or its components. Immediately they must activate prior knowledge related to their informal or non-formal knowledge, as well as to formal languages learned in the institutional educational context, cooperating to identify applications, strategies and techniques to obtain the solution to the problem faced. In this way they pass from “knowing what / to” to “knowing how” a phenomenon occurs or manifests itself.
Each phase of the drone industrialization process lends itself to multiple modes of use within the VET
educational curriculum, since it requires the study and mastery of formal mathematical-scientific languages, both the predisposition of a learning environment that simulates the organization socio-technical work-place.
Through the phases of the D.E.L.T.A. project, thanks to the interdisciplinary approach, the VET students
were able to develop:
a) Professional skills relating to key technologies of the digital age, such as information technology
for on-shore processing of data collected by the in-flight drone (Intellectual Output 2) and electronics for the assembly on board of aircraft of cameras, components of sensors (multi-spectrum, thermal, “sense & avoid” vision for in-flight interaction) and geographic -localization (Intellectual Output 3);
b) STEM curricular competences: engineering for the design, production and maintenance of
inoffensive drones (Intellectual Output 1); mathematics, through trigonometry for setting the flight plan, and 3D modeling through the point cloud for volumetric calculations and remote sensing (Intellectual Output 4); physical and natural sciences to contextualize the problems that can be faced thanks to the technology in use - such as precision agriculture, environmental and hydrological monitoring (Intellectual Output 5).
All Intellectual Outputs can be downloaded for free from the website of the Coordinator of the project, Cisita Parma scarl, Parma, Italy at the URL https://www.cisita.parma.it/cisita/progetti-internazionali/progetto-eramus-ka2-delta/