mindSpark Learning, a Denver-based national nonprofit dedicated to empowering educators with industry-oriented professional learning experiences – resulting in more students prepared for the modern workforce, today announced that EdTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global educational technology market, selected the organization’s Drone Project as the winner of the “Best Science Learning Solution” award in the inaugural EdTech Breakthrough Awards program.
This industry award recognizes the innovation and achievements of the mindSpark Learning Drone Project for its focus on enhancing problem-based learning (PBL) through the use of drones. This one-of-a-kind program uses drone kits to bring a completely unique learning experience to both educators and students. Through a partnership with DroneBlocks, schools and classrooms are familiarizing themselves with computer science through programming. Additionally, the Drone Project supports student learning of the basics of aerodynamics, the concepts of flight, and drone ethics.
“mindSpark Learning’s Drone Project is a shining example of how leading EdTech organizations can truly re-engineer STEM education and professional preparation by creating unique and memorable learning experiences,” said James Johnson, managing director, EdTech Breakthrough. “We extend a hearty congratulations to the entire mindSpark Learning team on the successful launch of the Drone Project initiative and we look forward to continued innovation from mindSpark Learning as they continue on their mission of empowering educators with industry-oriented professional learning experiences.”
“The Drone Project has helped educators and students accomplish some incredible PBL projects, including partnering with Warren Tech to evaluate an arson case and quickly create 3D renderings to help process the crime scene, and working with parks systems to better understand the impact of an invasive species on their ecosystem,” said mindSpark Learning CEO Kellie Lauth. “Our team is thrilled to be recognized by the EdTech Breakthrough Awards and we’re looking forward to seeing what else our educators and students do with our drone kits.”