Drones in Agriculture Spark Creative Communication

victor_drone_display_bannerSelf-styled “DroneSinger” Victor Villegas got star billing at the recent USA Science and Engineering Festival held in Washington, D.C., on April 16-17, 2016.

Villegas, Technology and Media Support Coordinator at Oregon State University Extension, is a co-leader of eXtension’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Agriculture Learning Network, created to share information about the use of drones in agriculture. Villegas was invited to appear at the festival following his eXtension UAS (drones) exhibit during USDA’s Annual Ag Outlook Forum held February 25-26, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

Drone parody song“I have the unusual distinction of being the world’s number one creator and performer of parody songs about drones,” he says. “I’m considered the Weird Al Yankovic of drones,” he adds, “and write songs about drones to bring attention to drone issues and culture. I also advocate for the good use of drones and encourage people to fly them safely and responsibly.”

Villegas is motivated by a passion for marrying art and science, putting the “A” into STEM to transform it into STEAM education by engaging students and public alike with what he calls “edutainment.”

Victor at event“Drones have captured the imagination of both academic researchers and students,” concludes Villegas, “and shared experiences of my art brings them together to enrich youth education.”

Sample some of DroneSinger’s drone songs on YouTube or SoundCloud.

You can also follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DroneSinger and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DroneSinger-969255683119389/.