About TAPS                High School Program               Collegiate Program               Program Contacts


The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference Tomorrow’s Agricultural Professional Symposium (TAPS) will kick off on December 6, 2020, providing participants with exposure to a virtual experience like no others, including drone training and simulations, interactive career discovery activities, exciting speakers and much more, all providing insights to educational and career opportunities that agriculture and related fields have to offer. The Pre-College program will include Agricultural Exploration; Agricultural Leadership; Agriculture & Technology – Making the Connection; and the Impromptu Speaking Contest hosted by MANRRS.  The Collegiate program will feature programming for The 1890 Land Grant Institution Wildland Fire Consortium’s Orientation Workshop and Drone Symposium.


About TAPS



Tomorrow’s Agricultural Professional Symposium (TAPS) is a reflection of the Tuskegee University College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences’ commitment to increase the awareness of educational and career opportunities in the fields of food, agriculture, natural resources and related sciences (FANRRS) for youth as a means of addressing workforce concerns in FANRRS. The goals of TAPS are achieved through a series of hands on experiences, including wet labs and site visits as well as leadership development and personal enrichment activities that bring home agricultural issues of today and tomorrow as well as the participant’s role in addressing these issues! TAPS offers two distinct programs, one of which is for high school students and a second specifically designed for collegiate students. By the end of the TAPS program, participants at every level will be able to operate more effectively and serve as leaders to others in addressing agricultural issues.

The TAPS High School Program (Kicks off on Dec 6, 2020 at 1PM)

The Taps High school Program is designed to acquaint high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with hands-on experiences, including wet labs and site visits as well as leadership development and personal enrichment activities as they explore educational and career opportunities in FANRRS. Special program activities and events include an Impromptu Speaking Contest, Borlaug Dialogue, and sessions on agricultural exploration, creative cooking, agriculture technology, and much more!

How to Register for Pre-College Youth (FREE)

Resources and Materials for High School Youth

The TAPS Collegiate Program (December 6, 2020 at 3-5PM)

The TAPS Collegiate Program for this year will feature programming for The 1890 Land Grant Institution Wildland Fire Consortium’s Orientation Workshop and Drone Symposium.

Symposium Synopsis:  The use of drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, is becoming more routine for fire departments around the world. In Arizona, Mesa Fire is using drones to assist during search and rescue operations, respond to structural and commercial fires, and more. In L.A., LAFD crews deployed two drones for the first time while they battled the Skirball wildfire in 2018. There are many more examples of how fire departments are using drone technology to assist with everyday tasks and calls.

Aerial Imagery provides enhanced situational awareness for those on the ground. New low-cost thermal solutions also improve visibility in difficult conditions. Locate subjects in darkness or heavy vegetation with the help of thermal images. Reduce the time, cost, and risk associated with on-foot operations and get the job done faster, and with fewer lives at risk. Drones can “see” through the smoke. Advanced drone equipment helps save lives and expand the capabilities of local departments. By providing real-time video, overlaid area topography and maps, and more, drones offer the insight needed to enhance missions. Drones gather intelligence and supply answers, and they do it while protecting human life, discovering survivors, and helping direct responses that eliminate or minimize hazards. There are comprehensive software solutions that will quickly and securely extract the information for you to analyze.

Search and rescue missions are challenging by definition. They take place in rugged, overgrown areas, involve little visibility, and sometimes include very little starting information. Accessing SAR territories requires a considerable amount of time and energy by on-the-ground crews. With drone support, though, SAR missions can become much more efficient and intelligent.

Visualizing and making drone use data universally available will reduce will guide users to appropriate locations for wildfire mitigation are located. To achieve this goal, the LiDAR and Thermal Imagery data obtained by the drone can be classified in real-time to at least five feature classes to show the required data and steps necessary to catalog and display the point cloud data appropriately.

The symposium will consist of two sessions as outlined below:

Session 1: Essentials of UAV applications in wildfire mitigation

1) The applications of UAV in wildfire mitigation

2) The safety precautions necessary to follow while deploying UAVs, especially in wildfire scenarios

Session 2: Advanced UAV techniques for wildfire mitigation

1) The techniques for remote deployment and automation of drone operations including fireball dropping drones for prescribed burning

2) Software applications for real-time point cloud analysis and classification

Learn more about the LGI Wildland Fire Consortium HERE..

How to Register for Collegiate Student Program (FREE)

Resources and Materials for Collegiate Student Program

 Program Contacts

Ms. Janet Sullen, jsullen@tuskegee.edu, 334-202-3573

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