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Harpenden pupils test out drones in honour of National Science Week

PUBLISHED: 11:03 29 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:04 07 May 2019

Plowman Craven visited St Dominic Catholic Primary School in Harpenden and showed them their commercial drones. Picture: Plowman Craven

Plowman Craven visited St Dominic Catholic Primary School in Harpenden and showed them their commercial drones. Picture: Plowman Craven

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Pupils at a Harpenden primary school were shown how drones are used in construction and engineering as part of National Science Week.

Plowman Craven visited St Dominic Catholic Primary School in Harpenden and showed them their commercial drones. Picture: Plowman CravenPlowman Craven visited St Dominic Catholic Primary School in Harpenden and showed them their commercial drones. Picture: Plowman Craven

Experts from Harpenden-based measurement survey company Plowman Craven visited St Dominic Catholic Primary School in Southdown Road and showed the pupils several of their commercial drones.

Plowman Craven technical consultant Stephen Wolski and lead pilot Sebastian Struth were joined by Angel Ashcroft, who is a senior operations manager with engineering consultancy Poise Group and parent of two children at the school.

Angel said: “It was wonderful to see how inspired the children were as we shared what we know about how drone surveying is being used in industry today.

!I was very impressed by some very thoughtful questions from a new budding generation of engineers.”

Plowman Craven visited St Dominic Catholic Primary School in Harpenden and showed them their commercial drones. Picture: Plowman CravenPlowman Craven visited St Dominic Catholic Primary School in Harpenden and showed them their commercial drones. Picture: Plowman Craven

The experts showed pupils a Vogel R3D drone which carries a 100-megapixel camera and is worth almost £100,000.

The company uses the drone to conduct high-accuracy surveys and inspections of vital rail and infrastructure assets for clients such as Network Rail.

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Year 6 pupils also took part in a school photograph, which was taken from above using the drone's onboard camera.

Plowman Craven visited St Dominic Catholic Primary School in Harpenden and showed them their commercial drones. Picture: Plowman CravenPlowman Craven visited St Dominic Catholic Primary School in Harpenden and showed them their commercial drones. Picture: Plowman Craven

Stephen said: “It was great to spend time at a local school talking drones and surveying along with Angel.

“Hopefully we might have helped to inspire an interest in surveying and engineering.

“It's a really exciting industry for young people to get into – we'd certainly be happy to take on some future drone pilots!”

As well as visiting local schools, Plowman Craven takes part in a number of community initatives, including financial donations and work parties to help the Batford Springs Volunteers.

The company is also a longtime sponsor of the Herts 10k and contributor to Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

St Dominic headteacher Clare O'Sullivan said: “We would like to thank Plowman Craven and Poise Group for providing our children with a unique opportunity to learn how drone technology is being used in the construction industry.

“Technology impacts on the way that we work, and this exciting experience has opened our pupils' minds to the jobs of tomorrow.”

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