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Drones have an image problem.

Drones have an image problem. Public distrust will fester and solidify if decisive action is not taken to change the tenor and content of public discussion about unmanned aircraft.
In order to counter this image problem, supporters must do five things:
1.Unite with pioneering early adopters to improve the flow of reality-based information from manufacturers and users
2.Highlight the stark differences between the use of unmanned aircraft on the battlefield and their future in domestic airspace
3.Create explicit boundaries to partition government and commercial use of UAS
4.Actively educate Americans about the countless practical uses for UAS across domestic industries
5.Provide guidance to policymakers so that they pursue sensible legislation
http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/06/28/the-truth-about-the-drones-that-have-so-many-so-bothered/

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  1. I couldn't agree more. I think it's also important to target a portion of that effort to children. My wife and I recently organized a summer camp that will teach the art of aerial robotics to high school aged kids in Baltimore, MD. For two weeks this summer we will teach them the basics of how these things fly, how to pilot them and finally how to build one. When parents see their kids build a "drone" of their own, I'm sure it will help balance out the image problem as well as bring real world info about this technology into their home. 

    Here is a link to the "Maker Camp" we are working on, if you are interested in reading more. http://www.digitalharborfoundation.org/makercamp/

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  2. A Maker Camp for kids is a great idea!

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