As with many areas of technology, girls seem to be missing from the drone scene. Drones are, no pun intended, really taking off. Why not get your girl involved while drones are still an emerging technology? And again, no pun intended, but drones are a great way to launch the summer soar, a time during which your kids can develop math and tech skills without the constraints of a classroom environment.
As if that’s not compelling enough, here are five additional reasons you should buy drones for your girls this year.
Girls and Drones: Five Reasons to Buy Your Daughter a Drone
Drones, also referred to as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), and UASs (Unmanned Aerial Systems), and are hot right now. But drones aren’t merely a trend, they’re an emerging technology that is becoming widely available to consumers. Why should your daughter (or niece, etc.) sit on the sidelines while this movement grows?
- A drone will help her develop her hand-eye coordination in a fun new way. (This was a recurring theme of my childhood.)
- It will literally up her photography game and her video production skills. Leave the unboxing videos to the neighbor kid (seriously, why are unboxing videos even a thing?) while your girl creates dazzling displays of the world from above.
- It will boost her business skills. If you’re of a certain age you may recall a time when 15-year-olds were making a killing building websites for middle-aged folks who wanted to get on this World Wide Web thing, but didn’t know how to go about it. In addition to monetizing her photography or video skills. Who needs a dog-walking business? She can inspect roofs and gutters. Plus, drone savvy girls gain access to a growing world of career opportunities.
- It’s fun, exciting and challenging! I’m fond of the line “The goal of life is to have fun and learn new things.” Starting her off with a new drone hobby will accomplish both.
- Ensure that she, and other women and girls, have a place at the table as the UAV market and opportunities grow.
Drones for Girls
Drones for girls are like drones for boys except for…nothing. Drones and propellers come in a variety of sizes and colors. Style should be less of a consideration than ease-of-use and price.
What to Look For in a Starter Drone
First off, look for a quadcopter (they have four rotors) that’s ready to fly, or RTF. You want something easy to use pretty much right out of the package. Some drones come with spare parts or certain part guarantees because the one real guarantee is that newbies are destined to crash. A lot.
As a general rule, more expensive drones tend to be easier to control. If you want your child to get hooked on flying drones, you don’t want to learning curve to be too steep. On the other hand, I bought myself a starter drone for around $55. I figured it’s more affordable (though yes, worse for the environment) to crash and burn a few of these if need be, than spend $500 on a drone that I could easily destroy. Seriously, despite the impression I may give here, I’m a technospaz. See also point one above relating to poor hand-eye coordination.
Keep it Legal
What do you think this is, 2013? As drones have proliferated, so have the number of laws regulating them. Be sure to check the laws in your area.
Women and Drones did not sponsor this post, but they’re in suburban Glenview and are a great resource. They shared a few tips on buying drones for first-timers. You can read more here. The more affordable models include the UDI U818A Quadcopter.
And the Sky Viper (these are affiliate links).
Start or Join a Community
There’s this fantastic-sounding group called She Flies, but alas, it’s an Australian program. Hopefully, there will be a US equivalent soon. Thanks to the magic of the Interwebs, you can download a flight sheet on which your girl can log her flying hours. In addition, they promise a resource guide for teachers that will be out in early 2017.
Mark your calendar for International Girls in Aviation Day on Saturday, September 23, 2017!