In all our drone safety education work we're always clear that we don't want to stop people having fun with drones. But what we do need is people to know the rules and fly them safely. 

Drones have an amazing future. My daughter is currently in junior school and I've no doubt that by the time she starts looking for work the drone industry will be a major employer.

So it's really important that from an early age we're teaching kids about the opportunities that technology can deliver and also how to use that opportunity safely.  

That's why we've partnered with Amazon Prime Air to launch a new national junior school design a drone competition. 

It's aimed at teachers and provides them with a downloadable pack of everything they need to run the competition in their school. As well as drawing their drone and explaining how it would serve a common good e.g. delivery of medical supplies, children will also be taught about safe drone flying and the dronecode.

You can see the website at www.designadrone.uk everything is run through the website with teachers able to download entry packs and upload entries for judging. Thanks to Amazon Prime Air there are some really exciting educational prizes for the children and their schools.

The competition runs until 2 June 2017 and winners will be announced at the end of June.

The national winner gets to visit Amazon's Development Centre in Cambridge where the company is working on a range of projects including Prime Air, its delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers by drone.

The competition is the next stage in our successful drone education programme that we launched last year. Key to that work is the new www.dronesafe.uk website and the re-launched dronecode.


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