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Community invited to discussion on unmanned aerial systems


From Illinois Business Journal news services

EDWARDSVILLE – The public is invited to a discussion, “A Drone’s Eye View of Conservation,” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities.

Scott Fitzgerald and the UAS 4 Stem Challenge Team from Edwardsville High School will facilitate the discussion, sponsored by Lewis and Clark Community College, the Humanities Center and the Main Street Community Center in Edwardsville.

The discussion is centered around a TED Talk presentation given a few years ago by ecologist Lian Pin Koh. Ted Talks are videos created from a presentation at the main Technology, Entertainment and Design conference or one of its many satellite events around the world. The first TED conference was in 1984; the conference has been held annually since 1990.

“TED Talk discussions have been a popular way to engage people in lifelong learning in a community of inquisitive folks,” said LCCC speech professor Elizabeth Grant. This is the second year for having this program, but the first to be presented at the new Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities, which has an interest in STEM initiatives.

“We are excited to have team of EHS students ready to lead the discussion and share their experiences with the Search and Rescue Challenge as they prepare for competition,” Grant said.

The Center for the Humanities conducts activities that promote mutual understanding and respect among all people in order to influence positive change. The center is located at 1210 N. Main St. in Edwardsville.

For more information on this event, contact Grant at

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