For 17-year-old Rebekah Vermillion, knowing how to use a drone will help make her more marketable when she looks for a job. That’s why she took the time to visit with Bart Massey at Hazard Community and Technical College to see what drone would be best for her to purchase.
“I’m interested in wildlife biology and using a drone is the best way to do research,” noted Ms. Vermillion. “Using a drone is the way to get the data.”
“I have also used drones to perform archaeological research in the Yucatan Peninsula. Drones helped our research team to collect images of Mayan ruins which we are using to create 3-D replicas. We will present this research next month in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Society for American Archaeology annual conference,” noted Ms. Vermillion.
After talking with Massey, Ms. Vermillion decided the Autel X-Star Premium is ideal for her. “Bart let me fly two drones so I could experience the difference; that helped me make my decision,” she said.
HCTC’s Massey noted, “She has quite a lot of experience with drones already and I felt comfortable letting her fly them. She has been flying drones in her classes at Morehead for a while. Her desire to use drones in wildlife biology and archaeology, along with her drone experience, will equip her for many career opportunities in the future. Many of our community members are beginning to see how so many jobs will change and be enhanced by drone technology and the evolving solutions being prepared by folks who need the drone for certain reasons, but who cannot purchase the solution. This, in itself, is promoting innovations by the day. It is an exciting time in the robotic field. I enjoyed watching Rebekah compare and contrast the differences in the drones.”
Being knowledgeable about technology is important to this Hazard resident, who is enrolled at the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University. She’s excited about utilizing a drone. “It has so many applications in so many fields,” she said, and she is looking for innovative ways to incorporate drone technology into her wildlife biology studies.
Anyone interested in drone technology is invited to attend a class on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. Contact [email protected] via email or call her at 487-3632 to enroll.