REM Delta Prime Robotics Team: Steps Up To Help The Community
REM Delta Prime Robotics Team is a local robotics team. They are based in the RSU2 school district, but have student involvement from 5 different schools.
During a normal school year these students would be putting their minds to work by building and programming robots in competitions all across New England, however amid the Corona virus pandemic that is just not an option.
Instead of sitting still, disappointed about everything they're missing out on, these wonderful students have put their brain power together and found the best way possible to help local communities. The teams co-captain Claire McBride spearheaded the tremendous idea of 3-D printing personal protective equipment (PPE).
Starting small, they decided to focus on what they call "ear saver" straps to keep medical staff more comfortable while wearing surgical masks. But, after seeing the need expand for surgical masks and face shields, their focus shifted to producing protective face equipment. With the help of donations in the form of money and materials from the local communities they are been able to buy product materials in mass quantities.
On average REM Delta Prime Robotics, is producing roughly 100 units a day, and plan to continue doing so until the need decreases. With over 2000 "ear savers" and more then 1300 face shields made to date, they have been able to donated these PPE supplies to several local Hospitals, Healthcare facilities and first responders.
Dr. Shah, the Director of the Maine CDC, thanked the Delta Prime Robotics team for all they have done to help their local communities. Maine's CDC has even placed 2 separate orders for face shields, the first being 350 and recently an additional request for 650 more.
If you would like to know more about this amazing group of students, or maybe you would even like to help or donate to this wonderful cause, check out their website