Future careers take flight at university open day

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Navigating drones through an indoor obstacle course was one of the more unusual activities on offer at Deakin University Warrnambool’s open day on Sunday.

Crowds of people were keen to try their luck through the course, which was highlighting a first-time subject the university is hosting in term three.

Chief remote pilot Blake Allan said the Landscape Drones subject was receiving plenty of interest.

“We’re going to teach students how to fly drones, but more importantly, how to deal with the data that comes off them and create industry-required data,” Dr Allan said.

“We’ve had quite a lot of interest today. About 90 per cent of people have crashed, but that’s how it goes.”

Dr Allan said drones could be put to use in a variety of ways including asset inspections, engineering, environmental science and agronomy.

“What we’re trying to teach in our subject is how to take the data you get off the drone and produce that deliverable product, because that’s the gap that’s been missing,” he said.

Flying high: Ben Woolcock, Nick Geyer and Zach Clark check out the drones at the Deakin University Warrnambool open day. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Flying high: Ben Woolcock, Nick Geyer and Zach Clark check out the drones at the Deakin University Warrnambool open day. Picture: Morgan Hancock

The open day also included campus tours, free family entertainment, live music and a variety of interactive demonstrations, careers and study information.

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