Mapping invasive vegetation species in arid regions is a critical task for managing water resources and understanding threats to ecosystem services.
Pix4D offers a unique photogrammetry software suite designed especially for drone mapping. The Pix4D company is based in Switzerland, with over 55,000 users around the globe. Green Drone AZ utilizes this software to turn tens of thousands of drone images into meaningful data. Pix4D recognizes that STEM subjects are critical in the fight against climate change and in February 2021, highlighted the Green Drone AZ program for its effort to engage high school students in drone, GIS, and photogrammetry technology.
The National Forest Foundation is a fundamental partner, project sponsor and funder of the Green Drone AZ program. The NFF Mission is to engage Americans in promoting the health and public enjoyment of our National Forests. Youth engagement is a key piece of this mission. In January 2021, NFF highlighted the unique distance learning opportunity the Green Drone AZ program offered teachers and students during the COVID19 pandemic.
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries and leverages a global supplier base’s talent. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth. Green Drone AZ cannot thank Boeing enough for providing this opportunity to connect with Phoenix area school students and share with them how cutting-edge technology can be used to solve real world environmental challenges.
The office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent hosted Green Drone AZ in their first STEM Pro Live event of the 2020-2021 school year!