RHHS is on the move with iFly Drone Certification

Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School iFly Drone Certification program has begun! The iFLY drone certification program is an innovative and turnkey remote pilot certificate program design by Skyward Drone UM Academy and STEM U. iFLY provides our student scholars the opportunity to become certified Federal Aviation Administration, remote pilots. The program is based on scholars undergoing a total of 26 coursework hours comprised of drone real-world scenarios, terminology, background information, flight simulation, and hands-on flying.  iFLY connects scholars to principles of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through interactive and hands-on workshops related to drone programming, engineering, and technology. A drone, in a technological context, is an unmanned aircraft. Drones are more formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UASes). Essentially, a drone is a flying robot. The aircrafts may be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems working in conjunction with onboard sensors and GPS.


Student scholars participating in the iFLY program are exposed to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) student standards, STEM, and computer science protocols. They are on the path of the SC Graduate profile. Upon successful completion of all program coursework, student scholars are eligible to take the 107 remote pilot’s exam for certification. This is an avenue for gainful employment and global competitiveness.


Student attendance and discipline is positively higher as the students are actively engaged in hands-on, problem and project-based learning scenarios. Student work is reflecting 21st-century sustainability.


Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School is iFLYing! Drone real-world scenarios, terminology, technology, flight simulation, and hands-on flying! The iFLY drone certification program is an innovative and turnkey remote pilot certificate program. iFLY student scholars utilizing drone programming, engineering, and technology as they iFLY their way to the top!