Dr Craig Hansen

Dr Craig has 30+ years of creative leadership experience in education, both in Aotearoa and internationally. With a strong, proven history of professional development, Craig leads with passion and skill when relating with teachers, board members and community.

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Dr Craig Hansen

Drone Legends is the largest STEM.org approved flight programme in North America, now in Aotearoa. Craig launched Drone Legends in a South Auckland Alternative Education centre.

With incredible engagement, communication with whanau and integration with both NCEA Achievement Standards & primary curriculum Craig has developed a highly dynamic, attention-grabbing initiative. 

Craig and Drone Legends is in high demand because:

  • Craig brings his team of specialists so more teachers get greater benefit in a shorter period of time
  • Craig works with teachers in teams and with their students, immediately demonstrating the Drone Legends impact on learning in-class
  • Craig’s PLD is hands-on, with flight, coding, movie making and local curriculum support with thoroughly designed missions

With a PhD in the Creative Industries, Craig’s thesis focused on how we ensure school & university graduates are the MOST successful they can be when they enter the world of work. Craig’s research was motivated by his years as Principal of Lifeway College, where it held the distinction of being New Zealand’s leading animation school with the highest graduate success rate.

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Dr Craig Hansen

we are a team of scientists and science communicators

We grew up outside, connected with the nature and believe that our kids should go outside too.

Here, at Field-based STEM, we are all working as a big team. Tap into our collective expertise.  

"Unlike scientific community programmes that are expensive and require lots of investment, field work is done by individuals and is accessible to anyone. The skills gained during field work open up a huge area for everyone undertaking it."

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