Drones are the Flying Cars we Dreamed of...

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Drones are the Flying Cars we Dreamed of...

Ahhh, the flying car! Weren't we supposed to have them by now? We've got planes and we've got cars- it would seem like a simple enough engineering feat to combine the two in some way and voila--a flying car! But that's not the case. Why not?

The simplest answer has to do with safety. DRIVING cars on land is dangerous enough. Now imagine the danger when you put a car in the air! Human error accounts for 90% of road accidents. Translate that statistic to air travel and you can understand why flying cars have been slow to evolve. 

Despite the inherent dangers of FLYING cars and the lack of progress in that arena, it's actually the advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), battery efficiency, and drone technology that have reignited the race for ubiquitous air travel. Even Uber has a flying vehicle division. 

Once you remove the human from the flying car equation it becomes a feasible endeavor. Artificially intelligent flight systems will ferry us from point A to point B in single passenger drones along preplanned flight paths. In my opinion, we will have fully autonomous drone flights before we have fully autonomous driving vehicles. 

Why we teach kids about Drones. 


Drones are the future of transportation - for humans as well as cargo. That statement alone is reason enough to justify teaching children about drones. But it doesn't stop there. We at SIMPLR see drones as an Inspirational technology. The type of technology that can inspire a new generation of innovators. Children are immediately drawn to drones and we leverage that interest to introduce them to physics, robotics, and programming. Stop by and see us today- I promise your child will be inspired!

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Why STE(A)M?

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Why STE(A)M?

As the owner of a STEAM enrichment company, I routinely get questions, from parents, about what we do and why we do it. It’s understandable. A lot of parents have “heard” that STE(A)M is important but they’re somewhat unsure of WHY it’s important and more importantly- what it can do for their child.

In our test-first culture, parents are accustomed to pushing their children to get the “right” answers. This is usually all that matters and it’s easy to quantify how well your child does with getting the right answers. What’s a lot harder to quantify but much more relevant is how well your child solves problems, thinks critically, and works with others. These essential skills (or lack thereof), will determine if your child becomes a cog in the machine, or the hand that cranks it. This video from the documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” shows, wonderfully, why a change (or at least a supplement) to the traditional educational system is needed. The thoughts from the video run parallel to ours and is the reasoning behind our push to get more kids into a STEAM state of mind.

https://vimeo.com/178969881

STEAM is not simply the content contained within the subjects but more of an architecture for thinking. How do you construct/develop a child’s brain to be able to innovate creatively, process information, and understand complex systems? You expose them to STEAM, and early! For pre-adolescent children, the most effective way to do so is through play! We firmly believe, as Tony Wagner does, that play leads to passion, leads to purpose.

I once rubbed a client the wrong way when I told her that I wanted every child to study engineering. As someone who majored in accounting in college, she took offense to the “every child an engineer” pitch that I was making (I haven’t spoken with her since :) The point I was making to her, though, and it’s borne out by the numbers, is that the most common college major among Fortune 500 CEOs and billionaires is engineering. Which isn’t by happenstance. Studying engineering principles and practicing STEAM fundamentals such as hands-on play, making (and un-making), and problem solving ALL contribute to the development of a child’s architecture for thinking.

Stay tuned.

Stop by simplrstem.com to find out more about our philosophy!

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