New HSU drone program For Native American students

ARCATA, Calif. (KIEM)- Humboldt State University is offering a new summer drone program for Native American high school students who are looking for a career in a science or technology field.

Under the program, Native American students at HSU will help 25 high school students learn about drones and its applications to scientific research.

The program was made possible by a “Unite” program grant from the Army Educational Outreach Program in partnership with the Technology Student Association.

The goal of the drone program is to inspire and motivate students to pursue higher education, specifically in STEM-related fields.

“We’re in an area here that has a really rich history with Native American communities and we really wanted to encourage the Native American communities to get more involved in STEM sciences and technology,” said Tamara Barriquand, Co-Director of the program. “This was a way that we thought would be a good way to be able to reach out to them.”      

The program will also prepare students to get a drone pilot’s license after the four-week summer session.