Google Drones Deliver Books to Students in Quarantine

The Montgomery County Public School district in Christiansburg, Virginia has become the first to implement the delivery of library books via drone.

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The Montgomery County Public School district in Christiansburg, Virginia has become the first to implement the delivery of library books via drone. It all began when Kelly Passek, a librarian at a local middle school, became worried about the lack of book availability for students due to the closure of town libraries following COVID-19. Taking matters into her own hands, she managed to partner with drone service Wing — a previous project of Google X — to get books into the homes of eager pupils. She expressed her passion for providing schoolchildren with reading materials during these difficult times.

 

 

I’m always trying to come up with ways to get library resources into the hands of my students and thought this would be an excellent way to do that. With quarantining and social distancing and our move to remote learning, it became even more important to find a way to get kids these reading materials while social distancing.

The idea first occurred to Passek when she considered how rapidly drones were able to deliver goods to her family in 2019. Realizing that it could greatly benefit students, she contacted Wing and was met with immediate interest from the company. As Wing has previously worked with the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership to ensure drone safety, Christiansburg seemed to be the perfect location to execute the plan. Students simply fill out an online order form on their school website, while Passek transfers the books from the library to Wing’s station. The books are then flown to homes by drone.

 

 

The very first book was delivered last Thursday, and the partnership has seen a significant amount of success since its launch. As a result of Passek’s tremendous initiative, students are able to receive their literary needs while remaining safe and healthy.

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