Drone careers that fly for girls

From aerial Indigenous mapping practice to studying whale snot from space, drone careers are wide reaching and in demand! Dr Karen Joyce from She Maps is on a mission to give girls the tools to enter drone careers through her awesome workshops and virtual excursions.

Careers with STEM Founder Heather Catchpole talks to co-founder of education start-up She Maps, Dr Karen Joyce, a geospatial scientist from James Cook University in Cairns. Karen’s day job can involve mapping the beautiful Great Barrier Reef from Heron Island, but she was inspired to do even more after realising there were few women in STEM working in drone careers.

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Realising there was enormous potential in working in careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) using drones, Karen and co-founder Paul Mead started She Maps to inspire girls about STEM drone careers, using workshops where you can fly a drone through a hoop, teach it to pick up and deliver items and use sensors to image and map the landscape.

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There are so many different career areas that use drones, says Karen, from geospatial science, to defence, business, retail, environmental science, conservation, construction, resources, retail and more.

Dr Karen Joyce talks about why she believes more women should work with drones, career and learning areas, how the She Maps program works, and her sky-high plans for the future.

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Heather Catchpole

Author: Heather Catchpole

Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media.With a background in journalism and science, Heather now juggles projects and creates STEM strategies and has a passion for educational and innovation.


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