Greenbush Offers Summer Camps Including Use of an Unmanned Flying Wing

Greenbush Offers Summer Camps Including Use of an Unmanned Flying Wing

School is out but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop. Many organizations hold summer camps and at the Greenbush Education Service Center that includes explorations in flight. And students will get to use one of the newest tech tools available. An unmanned flying wing also known as a drone.

“Welcome to ag eagle,” says the wing’s controller console.

It’s a remote controlled unmanned flying wing and the focus of a summer camp at Greenbush.

Science instructor Josh Cochran says of students, “They’re gonna fly it. We’re gonna put the controller in an eight year olds hands and tell them to fly it. The beauty of this is, it’s a very advanced piece of technology but simple enough, that with some adult supervision, a child can literally fly it.”

Made in Neodesha, Kansas, the wing has a GPS tracking system and it actually talks to you.

It’s flights are programmed into a laptop. Students will use its camera to record and survey fields and learn the impact of weather on flight. The instructor says its applications are endless.

Cochran says, “From the military to Amazon to now agriculture, there’s photography, wedding photographers have a drone now that flies around and takes pictures.”

Flight is not the only camp activity. Counselors are practicing archery. It’s just one skill taught here along with ropes courses and more.

And while providing fun, the activities also give kids some 21st century job skills.

Greenbush Camp and Retreat Center Director Kelly Peak says, “Kids will learn things about how to work together with groups of others. How to communicate well with other people.”

Camp Counselor Flora Sanders says kids can apply knowledge when working on school projects. She says, “Kids will go, I see a problem here, present a solution, talk about with my team. It’s basic communication and teamwork behaviors.”

More students will be able to experience more of Greenbush by spending the night . Cabins that opened just last year hold ten students each and there are four of them.

Peak says, “We have a great opportunity to make learning fun and have that be hands on. So they may share a pair of binoculars but they won’t wait in a line of twenty to be able to participate and use those kinds of tools that they may not have access to at home.”

And students will still have time for tie dyed t-shirts and some sitting around a campfire.

Open enrollment for camps at Greenbush is underway.

You can register on line at the Greenbush website. Click here for a link.