NSF Funding Alaskan Drone Program

FAIRBANKS- The National Science Foundation has awarded a very large grant to further the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in Alaska, but you will never guess who they’re funding. Low- income high school students from Shismaref, Nikiski, Bethel, and Seward, are part of an experimental project to spark a larger interest in math and science. The students will use drones to map geologic, and man- made features in their villages, they will also learn about emerging careers with UAV technology. The $750,000 grant will be managed by the Upward Bound Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The project has been titled, “The Modern Blanket Toss,” because it will allow students to see beyond their immediate surroundings.