BUILD | FLY | CODE
Whether you are bringing Hopper into your classroom, after school drone club or summer camp, Build | Fly | Code has the resources and community connections to help you succeed.
Access the platform through any device and engage students with the platform or download and localize materials for use in your own systems.
Build | Fly | Code provides everything needed to create fun and engaging STEM experiences for students of all ages and abilities. Need a single activity to accompany a geometry lesson, or a capstone event ? Hopper and the Build | Fly | Code Activity Set provide all of the tools that you need.
PLATFORM TO LAUNCH STEM PROGRAM
MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES FOR STUDENTS
Access learning programs, training sessions, activities, and other resources for the Build | Fly | Code platform.
Build | Fly | Code Portal
GET B|F|C PORTAL ACCESS
Lifetime access to the Build | Fly | Code platform as a base from which to launch a STEM program. Build | Fly | Code provides Educators with access to guides, resources and community. Using the platform's resources as a launching point, educators of all backgrounds are enabled to guide students of different abilities through the process of building, flying and coding Hopper.
UNLOCK STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
Help your students cultivate the essential skills they need to be future ready. With a focus on Career Technical Education through real world applications, Build | Fly | Code not only provides a fun and engaging academic experience, but relevant knowledge and skills in areas that are clear paths forward towards career opportunities in the vast and evolving sectors applying drone technology and computer science.
GET YOUR STUDENTS FUTURE-READY
Hopper and the Build | Fly | Code Platform are designed for experiential learning. Hopper carries an array of high tech sensors that allow our engaging curriculum and activities to grow with your students. With a drone built to last, and an increasing level of complexity in engaging activities, students will be inspired and challenged year after year.
HANDS-ON STEM AND COMPUTER SCIENCE FOR YOUR STUDENTS
Educators gain exclusive access to the Build | Fly | Code learning program and training sessions. Our Build | Fly | Code system gives educators turn-key resources to guide students of all abilities through the process of building and coding drones from the ground up using FTW Code.
DESIGNED FOR ALL STUDENTS
FTW CODE is our own custom block-based coding platform that works in tandem with Hopper and is a core component of our Build | Fly | Code program. FTW CODE was designed with educators and students in mind and strives to make coding fun and accessible.
Blocks are designed to work specifically with Hopper, while also maintaining core functionality found in traditional block-based programming apps.
Our platform also allows for students to be able to save, download and share their code with educators and fellow peers.
Today it often seems like students are experts in technology, capable of navigating new devices and programs with ease. But can they build these technologies? Do they have the skills necessary to transition from user to developer?
The Pennsylvania Department of Education saw the need for more STEM and computer science education and established the PAsmart Initiative to provide the training students need to prepare for the workforce of the future. PAsmart targeted grants provided awards up to $35,000 to schools and local education agencies with little to no existing computer science curriculum in the 2018-2019 school year.
STEM and Computer Science Education Wanted
Over the course of the next year, schools and teachers worked diligently to develop new lesson plans and programs to teach the fundamentals of computer science. During the 2019-2020 school year, less than 24% of students across the commonwealth participated in computer science education. Of those approximately 339,000 students, less than 23% were students of color and less than 4% were English language learners. Then the COVID pandemic hit, and schools shut down, leaving 2018-2019 grant recipients wondering: will our new pilot programs work in hybrid and virtual environments?
In January 2021, For the Win Robotics emerged as an adaptable and accessible solution during the pandemic uncertainty. What began as nine teachers engaged in a pilot program to learn how to build, fly, and code drones grew into an immersive statewide partnership that has reached more than 2,600 students and 147 educators to date and growing. This multi-year engagement continues today with a hands-on, STEM and computer science-based learning program for Pennsylvania students.
From Pilot Program to Statewide Solution
Developed in collaboration with PaTTAN and the Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative, the CSinPA Build | Fly | Code professional learning program empowers educators to engage in and create CS learning experiences using drone technology. Tailored to both in-person and virtual learning, the program is designed to support all educators in teaching the same program objectives:
Develop and identify STEM and CS instructional materials that are standards-aligned, universally designed, and culturally relevant for in-person, hybrid, and/or distance learning environments.
Recognize and create a plan to close equity gaps in STEM and CS education, specifically for students with disabilities and other historically underrepresented populations, such as students of color and female students.
Articulate the need for STEM and CS education in our communities by presenting real-life examples and applications.
Demonstrate foundational STEM and CS content knowledge and skills.
The CSinPA Build | Fly | Code Program
Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, PaTTAN provides a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted to improving student results. This professional development and technical assistance takes many forms in order to the meet the varied needs of PaTTAN’s constituents. Week-long summer institutes, ongoing professional development series, webinars, on-site assistance, and individual student or teacher supports are how PaTTAN provides support to schools.
Pennsylvania Department of Education
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) oversees 500 public school districts, more than 170 public charter schools, public cyber charter schools, Career and Technology Center/Vocational Technical schools, public intermediate units, the education of youth in State Juvenile Correctional Institutions, Head Starts and publicly funded preschools, and community colleges. PDE established the PAsmart Initiative to focus on ensuring Pennsylvania students and workers have the skills and abilities to meet the economic needs of the 21st century.
II4T, formerly known as The Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative, formed in the spring of 2018 as an educational consortium of Western Pennsylvania schools. With the goal of working collaboratively across the region to create sustainable, world-class STEM education experiences, II4T engages students as they prepare for 21st century careers.
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS
The opportunity to build early interest and mastery of STEM and computer science programming should be universally available to all students. But its not. At every stage of K-12 education, students who attend the most underserved schools as well as those with special needs are the least likely to have access to STEM resources, experiences and classes.
Build | Fly | Code | Give is our solution to help close the gap in access.
We donate hardware, software and profesional development resources to expand STEM and computer science education that connects students and educators with skills critical for the 21st century. Build | Fly | Code | Give encourages all students to engage with hands-on technolocy. Our system enables educators to tailor lessons to individual student needs, pacing and learning styles, so all students can explore the infinite prossibilities of programming, coding, mechanics and electronics.