Q：How did you become interested in drone flying and building?
During quarantine, I had a lot of time to myself and watched a lot of videos online. One day I saw a video about FPV Drones and was so interested that I immediately started to research and learn about the drone online. After a couple of days, I built my first drone.
Q：Why did you want to run a club to teach drone building?
I'm into teaching and I always wanted to experience being a teacher and see what it is like. The most important thing is that I want to share the things that I like with others, to get more people to be interested in this hobby and make full use of it.
Q：Have you always been interested in student leadership?
Yes, I have been always interested in student leadership because I enjoy helping other people reach their potential. Seeing someone grow and flourish in a new role is very satisfying.
Q：What do you like to do outside of school?
Outside of school, I love to play sports, such as basketball, ultimate frisbee, football and squash (and many more). I equally enjoy exploring, be it rainforest, desert, underwater environments or cultural heritage and cuisine. I've thoroughly missed doing these during the last 18 months and hope that my move to China will help enable these pursuits.
Q：How do you think your club helped the students and what were the various skills involved that the students learned?
Drones involve physics, aerodynamics, and gravity. My club helps students to understand and experience physics, aerodynamics, and gravity. For example, to get the drone in the air is physics. Props spin and push the air downward and give the drone ‘lift’. Keeping the drone in the air is gravity, and making the drone go faster is aerodynamics. My club developed students’ hands-on ability and sorting and induction ability. The drone came in many pieces, and we assembled them. Students learned how to solder, computer program, and build/fly a drone.
Q：What would you say to another student who was interested in running a club?
Teaching is not an easy job. If you are starting your own club, the key is to make sure you have all the answers for all the questions from the students, and the challenge is to retain the students’ interest in what you are teaching. Otherwise it is very difficult.