Student Use Drones To Help Electric Crews

Posted at 11:09 PM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 00:20:58-05

Maplewood High School Academy of Energy and Nashville Electric Service have teamed up to solve local problems with drones.

When power lines and poles are down, electric crews can't always go up to the dangerous heights, but drones can.

The academy has helped NES crews show just how helpful drones can be, and in an area that is considered to have the highest poverty rate in Nashville, students are using technology to help better serve their community.

"Some of these kids are going to walk out and get a job as a computer programmer, they're going to walk out with engineering internships with NES, a city that is on the cusp of innovation,” said Vice Principal Dr. Ryan Jackson

Using drones will cut down on the time it takes to repair power lines, and keep crews safer.