A drone to inspect from above

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Drones are now part of our aerial landscape. Let's take a closer look at why this new type of aircraft worries the population in certain situations.

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In France, some are worried about the safety of populations living near nuclear sites since drones fly over these installations.
“In the space of a month, thirteen of the country's nineteen nuclear power plants were flown over by drones. A situation that raises several questions. "
Source: RTL
The next activities will allow students to learn more about drones, their particularities in France and Quebec as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these flying devices.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- To explain what a drone is;
- Name different types of drone use;
- Understand the concerns of the population regarding drones;
- Carry out a conceptual map from an informative text on drones.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: What is a drone?

Begin the activity by locating, on this interactive map, the various French nuclear power plants which have been visited by drones in the last month.
Continue the activity by asking students if they can name the characteristics of a drone. You could show this video aerial in order to present a real example of the use of this technology in the real estate industry.
Continue the activity by presenting this item briefly explaining what a drone is, its functions as well as the advantages and disadvantages of this type of aircraft.
Also display this item explaining what is allowed and what is prohibited to do with a drone.
Extrapolate the use of drones to other areas of everyday life. Ask the students to list other advantages and disadvantages that might be raised:
- in the real estate sector;
- in the city;
- in the world of cinema;
- around the schoolyard;
- large outdoor gatherings;
- touristic places;
- under the sea;
- etc.

ACTIVITY 2: Getting to know drones better

Inform the students that they will need to make a graphic organizer from one of the different sections of the folder Learn more about drones.
Ask the students to get into pairs and choose one of the different sections of the file in question. Then, they must produce their concept network from the information contained in the chosen section.
You could suggest that students use the site Popplet in order to organize their ideas more easily. Different tutorials Help, in French, are also available on the Internet to make this tool easier to use.

ACTIVITY 3: The “war without soldiers” explained in 3 questions

Begin the activity by presenting students with this item of the press.
Distribute the following sheet to the students so that they can write down their answers and those of the experts who give their opinion on the subject.
Question them with the 1st question displayed in the featured article.
Have them answer this question on the answer sheet provided with this activity. Listen to the reply from the expert for the 1st question. Repeat the same exercise for the other two questions.
Here are the three questions students will need to answer:
a) How is 21st century warfare different from 20th century warfare?
b) Is technological warfare less lethal than conventional warfare?
c) Will the war of tomorrow be a “war without soldiers”?

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