Announcing the PAST-USI Drone Fellowship 2021-2022

November 3, 2021


Media Contacts:
Lori Trent, PAST Foundation –
Alexis Creedy, USI – Alexis.Creedy@unmanned-safety.or

Announcing the PAST-USI Drone Fellowship 2021-2022

The PAST Foundation is pleased to announce the PAST-USI Drone Fellowship program. This is a professional educator fellowship designed to provide the opportunity for development at different career stages in specific workforce areas important to the future of Ohio. The fellowship is intended to offer the individual the opportunity to learn and grow with a cohort of like minded individuals as they develop the skill and knowledge to effectively implement the industry credentials affiliated with commercial drone pilot licenses. The Ohio Legislature has graciously funded the PAST Foundation to implement this fellowship to enable the candidate to pursue creative ways to implement industry recognized credentials for students in grades 7-12. These implementation strategies can be formal (classroom based) or informal (summer, afterschool, clubs…).

In partnership with the Unmanned Safety Institute, the PAST-USI Drone Fellow will receive the curriculum and training to prepare them for the FAA part 107b commercial drone pilot exam. Additionally, they can earn two USI credentials recognized by the State of Ohio, receive coaching and mentorship, collaborative opportunities for creative social enterprise, a drone to practice with and a stipend to implement a student experience utilizing drones and drone technology as a way to garner student interest in the attainment of the credential.

The PAST Foundation and the Unmanned Safety Institute are committed to supporting emerging or established leaders in their socially impactful work as public servants, founders, advocates, and creative artists in the design and delivery of STEM experiences for students.

The following districts have candidates that have successfully registered as the first cohort of PAST-USI Drone Fellows:
Belpre High School
Chaney Middle School
Chillicothe Middle School
Cleveland High School For Digital Arts
Dayton Regional STEM School
EHOVE Career Center
Facing History New Tech High School
Hilliard Innovative Learning Center
iSTEM Geauga Early College High School
John Marshall School of Engineering
MC2 Stem High School
Metro Early College High School
Miles Park School
New Albany High School
New Albany Middle School
NorthEast Ohio Impact Academy
North Woods Career Prep
Oak Harbor High School
Oak Harbor Middle School
PAST Foundation Innovators Club
Perry High School
Shaw High School
St. Charles Preparatory
The Dayton Regional STEM School
The Gazelle Giggles Play Institute
The Seven Hills School
Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy
Tree of Life – Northridge
Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy
Watkins Middle School

About the Unmanned Safety Institute

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) is the industry’s most widely recognized leader in flight safety solutions for individuals, academia and organizations focused on integrating and operating UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute provides UAS flight safety training and certification to operational standards based on the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety practices. With more than 200 instructors and over 10,000 USI Certifications awarded around the world, USI works with large commercial enterprises and nearly 300 schools in all 50 states. USI is the global leader in commercial and academic UAS training and certification, delivering the most highly regarded training program of its kind. Programs include the Small UAS & Advanced Safety Certifications, Visual Line of Sight Systems Operations™ (VSO) and Professional Remote Operator™ (PRO) certifications and Unmanned Connect™ workforce development initiative. USI’s training and certification programs are endorsed by major aviation insurance providers and incorporated into aviation association professional development programs and have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education. Discover more at