Pilot School Programmers

A project by: Andrew Findlater

pledged of £1,600 target

This project did not reach its target.

Completion Date: Mon 25 Mar 2019
Teaching students programming through Parrot Mambo Drones


Number of students that will benefit: The equipment we are looking to fund will be open for any student in the school to use (school roll 420 approx)

Age of students: 12-17

Percentage free school meals: 0.08%


About us

We at Kingussie High School are situated in a rural area of the Scottish Highlands. We provide our students with ample outdoor experiences using our natural surroundings, and endeavour to provide them with a variety of rich learning experiences inside the school too.

The school fully understands how digital technology can help improve engagement in the classroom. The Design & Technology dept within the school is passionate about creating a dynamic and relevant curriculum which gives students the skills & knowledge they need for a career in STEM.

We understand that ALL students should experience learning in an exciting way, regardless of their starting point in life.

What do we want?

We want to buy a class set of programmable drones for our Design & Technology dept. This will allow our students to learn the basics of coding. Ideally we would like to buy the VR camera add-on to allow us to take these drones into nature and assess our local trees and wildlife. 

Who is this for?

The drones will be used by the Design & Technology dept. The camera option, however, makes these a much more versatile tool to help students learn. The set of drones will be used by all students.

Why do we want it?

We want to make our lessons as exciting as possible in order to help raise the aspirations of all our students. In order to do this, we need to engage and motivate our students through high-quality learning experiences with exciting new digital technology at the fore.

Design & Technology is unlike no other subject. It is forever evolving with advances in technology and new innovation in the real world. We would like to get ahead (for a while) and empower our students with an opportunity to create, collaborate, problem solve, and analyse in order to become successful learners.

The drones will allow students to see their natural surroundings in a completely different way than they could have ever imagined.


12 x Parrot Mambo Fly Drones @ £79.99 each = £959.88 


8 x Parrot Mambo FPV Pack @ £80 each = £640 


Total = £1,599.88 (inc VAT)


If we're fortunate enough to raise more than our target, then we would also like to buy:

6 x Oculus Rift Headsets & Touch Controllers @ £349 each - see here.


We thank you very much for considering a donation and reading our pitch. The use of this digital technology will make a massive difference to the school and shape our curriculum in a way that we know is best for our students - fun & engaging!

Please spread the word and help us reach our goal!

Rocket Fund is a pilot project by Nesta. Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833