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Program Modules

Preliminary Schedule for Summer 2017 USDA-NIFA-HSI Education Program

 

-First Week-

  • Monday, May 22, 1:00 PM in 200B SSM, Professor Fanis Tsoulouhas
  1. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiatives at UC Merced
  2. The Microfinance Project at UC Merced
  3. Introduction to Crowdfunding
  4. Angel vs VC funding
  5. Introduction to the Food Processing Industry
  • Tuesday, May 23, 1:00 PM in 200B SSM, Lecture on Innovation: Disruptive Innovation, Professor Fanis Tsoulouhas
  • Thursday, May 25, 1:00 PM in 200B SSM, Lecture on Entrepreneurship: Business Modeling and Planning, Professor Fanis Tsoulouhas
  • Friday, May 26, 1:00 PM in 200B SSM, Lecture on Innovation: Innovation Strategy, Professor Fanis Tsoulouhas

Assignment:

  1. "What I Learned about Innovation and Entrepreneurship and How I Could Apply It in Agriculture" (due on Friday, June 2)

-Second Week-

 "AgTech foundation group learning sessions" are mainly done by experimenting the following: 5 sets: Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 Electronics Discovery Kit ( Also 5 DC power supplies);  Totally 5 sets SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Arduino 101 - Special Edition:  ( Also 100 batteries); Totally 5 sets The Parrot Mambo minidrones.

  • Monday, May 29, Holiday (no meeting)
  • Tuesday, May 30, Drones for good; Overview plus Best Drone+Ag videos (whiteboard photo)
  • Wednesday, May 31, Human Factor lecture (1.25 hour). MESA Lab tour and drone research projects. AgTech foundation group learning sessions
  • Thursday, June 1, Field day at UAV ("Drone") Field Meeting, Bowles Farming, Los Banos
    • Convene at UCM Castle Research Facility then drive to the field. UC Walk activity.
  • Friday, June 2, Drone: learn how to fly Intel Drone.  Drone for precision ag literature survey.  AgTech foundation group learning sessions

Assignments: (Requirements: Submit one/single google doc file, work as a team by collaborative writing, average one page per person minimum for each assignment topic (total 5 pages). Credit to sources properly with professional citation format.)

  1. Drone application survey (minimum 5 pages)
  2. On how to become an FAA certified Drone Pilot (minimum 5 pages)

-Third Week-

UCM Castle Research Facility. Arrive at 9:30AM

  • June 5 Monday. Lecture attending: ME190 Basic Aerodynamics (3 hours); AgTech foundation group learning sessions
  • June 6 Tuesday. AgTech foundation group learning sessions. RC airplane control practice.
  • June 7 Wednesday. Lecture attending: ME190 Basic Flight Dynamics (3 hours); AgTech foundation group learning sessions
  • June 8 Thursday. Field Trip. Video dumentary making: field visit to observe a real ag drone mission plus ground truthing effort (Looney Mission MESA Lab's AgDrone Project)
  • June 9 Friday. ICUAS AgDroneTech'2016 Tutorial Workshop Slides reading/learning (4 hours). Report writing.

Assignments: (Requirements: Submit one google doc file, work as a team by collaborative writing, average one page per person minimum for each assignment topic (total 5 pages). Credit to sources properly with professional citation format.)

  1. Agriculture Drone Technology: A Survey (minimum 5 pages)
  2. A typical ag drone mission taxonomy: MESA Lab's AgDrone Project as an example.  (minimum 5 pages)

-Fourth Week-

UCM Castle Research Facility or UCM Library. Arrive at 9:30AM

Assignments: (Requirements: Submit one google doc file, work as a team by collaborative writing, average one page per person minimum for each assignment topic (total 5 pages). Credit to sources properly with professional citation format.)

  1. Understanging AB-2511 and why drones help in SoilStar vision: An essay (minimum 5 pages)
  2. How to become tomorrow's AgTech expert: Advices to UC Merced undergraduate students. (minimum 5 pages)

-Fifth Week-

Field trips. Visiting USDA ARS etc.