There were some nerves for Furman physics professor John Conrad and his students when they sent their DJI Phantom 2 drone into the air for the first time—and that was on a sunny day over the flat, treeless rugby field, for really no reason at all other than seeing if they could. A “leap of faith,” he called it.

That was nothing, however, compared to the adrenaline surge Conrad got during a phone call from Furman Center for Teaching and Learning associate director Mike Winiski after he saw the video of what Conrad’s team had done.

“So I said, let me get this straight: You want me to fly at night in a high-crime neighborhood?” Conrad remembers with a smile from his second-story office in Townes Science Center. “And he said, ‘yeah, I really want to do that.’”

A project in Winiski’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) class had taken a turn for the unexpectedly complicated. They needed help from above.

Read More: newspress.furman.edu/2014/08/tracking-lights-2/

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Produced by Taylor de Lench
Drone footage courtesy of John Conrad and Furman University Physics Department
Additional footage courtesy of William Lewis
Graphics by Brian Faulkenberry
Music: 'Dwell' by Tony Anderson
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Furman University is a selective, independent, coeducational liberal arts college of 2,600 students located at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains on a 750-acre campus in Greenville, South Carolina. The university emphasizes engaged learning, a hands-on, problem-solving and collaborative educational philosophy that integrates research, internships, study away, service learning and sustainability into a liberal arts curriculum. Committed to the education of the whole person, Furman provides a distinctive undergraduate education encompassing the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, mathematics and the natural sciences, and selected professional disciplines.

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