(CBS) — A middle school in the far north suburbs is letting its students learn by using a drone.

After getting the drone as a gift from its student council last spring, principal Robert Collins says Hawthorn Middle School North in Vernon Hills is incorporating it into its STEM curriculum.

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Collins says the school’s finding many uses for it.

“We were hosting a gigantic cross-country meet at Vernon Hills High School and we used it for that – to show the starting line of hundreds and hundreds of kids. The other coaches and parents thought it was pretty cool.

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“You get some pretty awesome pictures with that.”

Students are never allowed to use it without adult supervision.

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Although it can hover a thousand feet in the air, the school keeps it a maximum height of 300 feet.