Underwater Magazine -September/October 2013 - (Page 35)

ROV California High Schools Prevail in International Student Underwater Robotics Competition Students use underwater robots to explore the science and technology of ocean observing systems HIGH SCHOOLS FROM CALIFORNIA WON both top prizes in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s 12th annual student underwater robotics competition, held last month in Federal Way, Wash. Participants included more than 50 student teams representing middle schools, high schools, home schools, community colleges, universities, after-school clubs, and outreach programs from the U.S., Canada, Venezuela, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macao, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Russia, and Egypt. At the MATE Center’s International Student ROV (remotely operated vehicle) Competition, held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, student teams competed with underwater robots that they designed and built to handle underwater tasks associated with the operation and maintenance of ocean observing systems. Teams competed in either the RANGER or EXPLORER class, depending on the sophistication of their ROVs and the mission requirements. There were three top winners in each class, and a host of other awards. EXPLORER (Advanced) Class Winners In the EXPLORER class, the overall first place winner was Jesuit High School of Carmichael, Calif. The team also won an award for being safety-conscious. Memorial University of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada took the second place prize. Third place was captured by SeaTech 4-H Club of Mt. Vernon, Wash., which also had the highest overall mission score. RANGER (Intermediate) Class Winners Aptos High School of Aptos, Calif. won overall first place in the RANGER class. With 310 out of 320 possible points, the team had the highest mission score, and they also won an award for best technical report. Second place went to Heritage Collegiate of Lethbridge, Newfoundland, Canada. Third place went to Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech, of New Bedford, Mass., which also won an award for top poster display. ROVs and Ocean Observing Systems This year’s contest emphasized the role played by ROVs in the installation, operation, and maintenance of ocean observing systems—collections of high-tech instruments above and below the waves that provide around-the-clock information about what’s happening in the ocean. Student teams piloted their ROVs to complete a variety of underwater mission tasks associated with ocean observing systems, prepared and presented an engineering report to a panel of volunteer judges, and created a poster display aimed at the general public. Students were encouraged to think like entrepreneurs and manage their teams like companies, a process that helps them develop the teamwork, creative thinking, and problem solving skills that will make them competitive in today’s global workplace. Teams were evaluated on the design, construction, and performance of their ROVs; their ability to communicate what they learned; and how they put their knowledge to use in designing and building their ROV. About the MATE Center Funded by the National Science Foundation and headquartered at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, Calif., the MATE Center works with educators and industry to improve marine technology education and expose students to science, technology, engineering, and math-related careers. For more information about MATE and the MATE ROV competition, please visit www.marinetech.org. www.adc-int.org ■ www.underwatermagazine.com UnderWater 35 http://www.marinetech.org http://www.adc-int.org http://www.underwatermagazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Underwater Magazine -September/October 2013

Board of Directors
President’s Message
Executive Director’s Message
Jascon 4 Rescue
Croc Country
Saturation Diving and Microbes
Commercial Diver Training Requirements
Emergency Repair at Sewerage Plant
California High Schools Prevail in International Student Underwater Robotics Competition
Revolutionary PileJax™
Safety and Efficiency through Automation
Diver Gas Management in the Bell
Unique System LLC (USA) Completes the Upgrade to the Ranger Offshore, Inc. HOSS-1, 6-Man SAT System
New Gear
Underwater Intervention 2014
New ADCI Members
Index to Advertisers
2014 ADCI Scholarship Fund Raffle

Underwater Magazine -September/October 2013

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