DEEMI enjoys participating in and getting involved with the community:
UMaine Forestry Student senior project– We were recently contacted by a senior forestry student who wanted to assist DEEMI in optimizing our search matrices as his senior project. His goal was to provide useful search criteria and data based on tree canopy cover – species and density. Additional parameters reviewed were drone flying height, optimum gimbal angle and seasonal effects, based on the found tree types. This project is currently ongoing.
UMaine camp – During the week of July 9, 2021, UMaine hosted over a dozen 6th-8th graders for the annual Maine Summer Transportation Institute. The College of Engineering has been hosting the week long camp since the summer of 2008 for middle school students in the Foster Student Innovation Center. The purpose of the Institute is to create awareness and stimulate interest in students to take full advantage of the opportunities that exist in the transportation industry. The MSTI is funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is open to students attending public and private schools in the Greater Bangor Area.
Hermon Public Safety Open House – We were invited to participate in Hermon’s Public Safety Open House this year. Saw lots of visitors and enjoyed ourselves! Thanks for the invite!
Push-A-Humvee – Annual fundraiser with UMaine Omega Mu chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity to raise money for USO troops.
Parades – Charleston Old Home Days, Special Olympics, Veterans Day, Forth of July in Orono, Old Town and Bangor – who doesn’t love a good parade?
Wilderness Walk for Warriors – Hike with participants carrying flags of American, Army , Navy , Air Force , Marines , National Guard , American Legion , K.I.A , P.O.W. / M.I.A. and others to remember Maine’s Fallen service members and comrades, and help and assist active service members and veterans who are in need.
It was an honor to again participate in the kickoff event for the Wilderness Walk for Warriors, a 10-day, 120-mile hike to honor the fallen Maine veterans. This year about 75 motorcycles and 40 jeeps road alongside of dozens of hikers on July 13, 2019. Read more about it in this Fox22 Bangor’s news story (and video) HERE. or see their video – click image below or HERE.
Touch-A-Truck – this year in Bangor, Veazie, Hampden – a special event usually sponsored by community recreation programs or local schools, where young students and their parents can see a huge variety of large trucks and vehicles, learn about them and best yet – get to touch them, operate their sirens, turn on their emergency lights, pretend to drive them, etc. Fun for the whole family!
Guest speaking – In 2018, DEEMI director Robert Bowie, M.D., presented at the UMaine’s Maine Summer Transportation Institute (MSTI).
In 2018 at the Maine ACE Camp at the Boy Scout’s Camp Roosevelt in Eddington, DEEMI drone pilot Nancy Rimm Staples presented before a dozen of participants about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in Search and Rescue and demonstrated both manual and autonomous flights. The campers enjoyed a hands-on presentation of one of our Humvees afterwards.
In Aug 2018, the Maine Robotics Camp Program asked us if we would come speak before a combined advanced robotics and computer build class about the use of technology in Search & Rescue. We brought over our DJI Inspire 1 drone (UAV), affectionately called “Big Bird“. and spoke on the importance of aerial high-res photography and infrared sensing with a FLIR in Search & Rescue efforts.
Safety workshops – The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine was host to this focus on safety in the workplace. We brought our drones and display on how DEEMI practices volunteer, vehicle and drone safety.
If your community or special event is interested in having DEEMI participate or demonstrate to the attending public, current techniques and technology in Search & Rescue or discussing the do’s and dont’s of hiking, exploring or riding in the woods, give us a call at 207-866-2109.