Supporting women in the drone industry shouldn’t be about playing a numbers game—how many women you have employed—but rather about developing a supportive, inclusive framework that will attract and keep qualified women in the field by providing paths that can lead to growth and success not only for them but for the industry as well. But what does it mean to support and be inclusive of women in this space, and what does that support actually look like? Join us for free at Commercial UAV Expo Americas' Virtual Women in Drones Panel, Wednesday Sep 16, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM PDT, to join the discussion. You can Register here.
This is the next installment in a multi-part series that helps to reimagine what a professional in the drone space can look like, and more.
Meghan Salter, an elementary school teacher from Cabell School District in Huntington, West Virginia, is a relatively rare person in the drone world in that she is one of a handful of teachers who has successfully developed drone curriculum for elementary aged students. Listed as one of Woman and Drones’ 2019 Women to Watch in UAS, she is driven to inspire young students to imagine new and innovative careers for themselves, including careers that involve working with drones. This is particularly powerful in her region of the country where a significant percentage of the population are low income workers; she enables children to envision a different future for themselves in STEAM that may lead to higher paying jobs and a brighter future.
Commercial UAV News spoke with Salter about her program and some of the challenges she has faced, like getting funding and grant writing, as well as some of the key learnings she has obtained along the way from her students.
You can watch the full video interview below, and if you are interested in seeing some of the work Meghan is doing with students, you can watch a short feature highlighting the annual Drone Olympics at Cabell City Elementary here.