Akihabara News (Tokyo) — The all-female “Drone Jo-Plus,” or Drone Girls, team at Kanatta Co. is promoting the appeal of drones by offering educational events for parents and children.
Kanatta Co. aims to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embraced by all United Nations-affiliated countries. Goal number five of the SDGs seeks to achieve “gender equality and empower all women and girls.” The company thus provides a “mechanism” and “community” to allow women to prosper, express themselves, and function in the workforce.
Drone Jo-Plus contributes to the growth of new technologies, and in the process attempts to increase occupational opportunities for women. The group works to spread the appeal of drones by offering “programming learning for educational institutions” and “events at commercial facilities that parents and children can enjoy.”
A recent event was a drone study, experience, and photo session at Mukogawa Women’s University in Hyogo Prefecture. None of the participating students had ever before piloted a drone, so Drone Jo-Plus introduced them to something new.
The young women were permitted to put their hands on a drone for the first time, and were taught about their operational methods. Entertainment, industry, and hobby drones were featured. This study session also allowed the students to hypothesize the future uses of flying machines.
The students then piloted the drones and were encouraged to shoot aerial photos and videos. One student made a promotional video of the university campus using footage recorded during the piloting session.
Drone Jo-Plus holds regular teaching sessions in the Kanto and Kansai regions. These sessions are open to both beginners and to drone pilots who want to increase their understanding and skill level.
This female-led organization also tracks Japan’s ever-changing drone laws, and offers rental services people can use prior to making their own purchases.