Tampa, Florida -- USF students wanted more technology and the Tampa campus library is giving it to them.
Beginning in the 2014 Fall semester, students will be able to check out remote-controlled drones to use for school projects.
"I see us working with all kinds of departments," said director of academic services, Nancy Cunningham.
It's all part of the remodel going on at the USF library. Last year the second floor got a facelift, adding a 'Smart Lab' to promote more digital learning. Now, the students will see big changes to the first floor including the ability to check out equipment like drones.
Students will need to take training courses before checking out the flying drones, explain the reason why they need to use it for a project and be accompanied by a faculty member while using it. They will not be allowed off campus initially unless professors insist on it and the students themselves are liable for anything that is broken on the $1,500 machine.
"It's going to take some thinking and I think you're going to have to have a pretty good justification and outline exactly why you need it and what you're going to do with it," said USF assistant director for instructional services, Maryellen Allen.
The faculty says USF is one of the only universities they know of in the nation offering these flying, learning tools to students. They hope the drones help Bulls students reach new academic heights.