DroneBlocks Unveils New Tools And More Accessibility In The Drone Simulator 2.0 Update

DroneBlocks Unveils New Tools And More Accessibility In The Drone Simulator 2.0 Update

New York – February 24, 2022 – DroneBlocks releases their newest drone simulation update, The Simulator 2.0, for STEM students in classrooms and at home as of November 30, 2021.

Last November DroneBlocks introduced Simulator 2.0, a programmable drone simulator, with new tools and software in their latest update. These new features are meant to help students maximize their understanding of STEM concepts in a virtual setting, by tailoring their needs directly into the software they use. As featured on the DroneBlocks Blog, this update showcases the extent of the new features, including new accessibility changes and new tools. 

Using the Unity engine, a popular game design software, students will quickly recognize the similarities between Simulator 2.0 and their favorite video games. The diverse city environment that allows students to fly their simulated drones on missions around virtual skyscrapers, trains, and the town mall. The city’s 3D map is open enough for beginner test flights, while still having the potential to create more challenging drone obstacle courses, for more advanced students. 

DroneBlocks’ also added features to aid students in the development of their coding skills, like the Tabbed Canvas feature. This tool gives students the ability to work on more than one mission at a time, allowing them to easily test different sections of their code in order to effectively problem solve and tap into their critical thinking skills. The new Block-Highlighting tool works as an error analysis tool that assists students in identifying errors in their code by highlighting which line of code is being executed at any point in time. This also allows educators to freely walk around the classroom monitoring student progress and give swift and focused feedback. 

“Simulation is a very important part of the software development process, especially in the world of robotics and drones,” said Dennis Baldwin, Founder of DroneBlocks. “The DroneBlocks Simulator allows students to quickly develop their code, test, and deploy to a real Tello drone. It’s always exciting when students come up with a software idea, simulate it, and then watch it come to life! Our goal is to make this process as seamless as possible so that we can continue to foster a passion for STEAM and drones.” 

This update further develops new ways for students to better understand real-world engineering and STEM-related concepts and minimizes the hurdles that block students from accessing this software. After creating and testing their missions, students can then sync their projects with their accounts in the DroneBlocks cloud to then launch a real mission on the Tello Drone.

Starting drone missions in the Simulator reinforces fundamentals while mitigating the potential for real drone mishaps and failed missions in the classroom, ensuring a safe experience. Allowing students to create and test their missions in a simulator not only prepares them with hands-on experience but also equips them with the skills they need to recreate their simulation projects in the real world.

DroneBlocks is committed to student accessibility and seeks to demolish the hurdles that block educators and students from learning to code with DroneBlocks. To alleviate some of these issues, the DroneBlocks simulator is completely web-based and does not require an installation. This means that this program can be run on less intensive hardware like Chromebooks or at-home desktops. This also ensures that all students can access the simulator on school computers, essentially offering every student a medium to practice their coding from any piece of hardware.

Lastly, with the introduction of the simulator, more students can access these tools and be less reliant on physical drones when there are not enough to go around in larger classes. With the new DroneBlocks Enterprise License, which allows an unlimited number of students to utilize the simulator, all students can now access the simulator and practice their skills whenever they want.

For more information, please contact DroneBlocks, at [email protected].

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