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Forward Thinking: Wiscasset students take learning to the sky

In the class, students learn the history of drones, how to build one, rules and regulations, and how to fly one, but that's not all. (WGME)

WISCASSET (WGME) -- Students at Wiscasset Middle High School are taking their learning to the sky. They're getting the chance to work with drones, and building for their future.

It's a class that's creating quite the buzz around campus.

It combines a little math, geography, science, and physics

The “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” class is in its fourth year.

Jesse Hinman is the teacher and a Wiscasset alum.

"I think it's amazing,” Hinman said.

In the class, they learn the history of drones, how to build one, rules and regulations, and how to fly one, but that's not all.

"What I am most excited about is that we now offer them the content knowledge necessary to take the Federal Aviation Administration's Commercial Robot Pilot's Exam,” Hinman said.

Students say they like it because they don't have to sit and listen to a lecture or spend all day reading a text book.

"I think it's a fun thing to do because other classes that you just sit in the classroom and we actually like do hands on in this class,” Kyle St. Pierre said.

"You have to build it. You’re like, ‘Oh, yea. I did this.’ It's so much fun,” Brett Osmond said.

"It's one of my favorite classes,” Muhammad Halaique said. "We build drones, we fly drones, what could go wrong?"

The teacher says he would like to become a coach and take drones in high school to the next level.

"I think it would be a really awesome opportunity and pull them into the different scientific concepts and education aspects of these drones if you get them hooked with the really fun and exciting aspect of racing drones,” Hinman said.

Meanwhile, drones are used everywhere from the military to roofing companies and real estate agencies to video production companies.

To say the sky is the limit would be an understatement.

"In the US and worldwide, the drone industry has exploded and become an extremely lucrative career path,” Hinman said.

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