Workshop Opportunities and Other Events

Mapping with Drones:  A 2-day professional development workshop.  This is an intensive, yet introductory level, 3-day virtual workshop. No previous knowledge or experience with drones, sUAS, or GIS is required. This workshop is appropriate for the private sector, local / state / regional / federal government employees who are interested in learning more about small unmanned aircraft systems and drones. Additional information about the workshop is available from here:

The Virginia Tech Office of GIS and Remote Sensing (OGIS) Research Symposium:  The 2023 Virginia Tech Office of GIS and Remote Sensing (OGIS) Symposium will be held virtually this spring on April 21, 2023.   We will kick off each OGIS Symposium with an engaging keynote presentation (guest speaker announcements are forthcoming), followed by the Student Poster / Web Map App showcase and competition. Cash prizes (sponsored by VirginiaView) will be awarded!   The call for student poster & web map app abstracts (UG and Grad) is now open.  More info here:

The GeoTEd-UAS Institute: This workforce development program, funded through the National Science Foundation ATE program and in partnership with Germanna CC, Thomas Nelson CC, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and Virginia Tech Geospatial Extension Program, is appropriate for community college faculty, high school teachers and 4-H leaders.  This year’s cohort is meeting the week of May 21st, 2023. Additional information about the workshop is available from here:

High School CTE UAS Training Workshop through the Virginia Pilot Pathway UAS Training Program. The project will increase and diversify the UAS pilot workforce by recruiting more students into the pipeline and by building high school teacher capacity to prepare the workforce. The project will target increasing the number of UAS pilots trained and certified to fly small UAS (sUAS), defined as UAS weighing between .55 lbs. and 55 lbs. at takeoff. Under FAA Part 107 regulations, a person flying a sUAS commercially must have an RPC. Twenty teachers will obtain their RPC and will receive classroom-ready instructional resources allowing them to prepare more than 300 high school students to obtain their RPC in the award period alone. High school teachers will also be able to apply for mini-grants of up to $2,500 through the project to procure UAS, sensors, and related supplies necessary to teach the course.  Additional information is available from here.