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ULM offering free drone workshops for middle and high school students

The University of Louisiana Monroe is hosting three drone workshops for middle and high school students on Saturdays, March 5, 12, and 26.

From 12:15 to 1 p.m., the students will practice flying the crafts in Bayou Park, across Northeast Drive from the ULM Library.

The workshops will be conducted by ULM’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Management professors David King and Darrion Flunder-Jenkins.

In the mornings, the students will be in The Hangar on the second floor of the Student Union Building, learning about UAS technology and regulations. They will then head to Bayou Park for hands-on experience.

The workshops are free, and the students will be served breakfast and lunch. Sponsors include Johnny’s Pizza House, Raising Cane’s, and ULM alumnus Markus Bosley.

ULM is the only university in Louisiana offering a degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Management, and one of less than 100 institutions in the nation in the FFA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative

The initiative is designed to ensure that new technology is safely incorporated into the National Airspace System and that qualified professionals are in the pipeline to satisfy the demand of the rapidly growing industry.

ULM created the Precision Ag and UAS Center to further research using drones in environmental, agricultural, and commercial endeavors.

For more information about registering for a workshop, contact David King,, or Darrion Flunder-Jenkins,, or call the School of Management, College of Business and Social Sciences, 318-342-1154.