FARMINGTON – Fifth-grade students at Ladera Del Norte Elementary School are taking part in a statewide project to learn about civics, government and protecting wildlife by working on state legislation to ban the use of drones for hunting purposes.
Wendy Carpenter’s class is taking part in this year’s Wild Friends program organized by the University of New Mexico School of Law to learn about the state government by working on a “memorial” to prohibit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones while hunting. Memorials are a statement of lawmakers’ intent, but do not have the force of law. Lawmakers sponsor and vote on them just like bills.
Susan George, director of Wild Friends, said students statewide voted at the end of August on a topic, and have been conducting research to define what a drone is and possible uses for the machines.
The students were given a presentation by Wild Friends science educator Daisy Edel about those topics.
“I’ve learned most people only know about drones in respect to the military,” Edel said. “They have never been exposed to any other kind of drones.”