Cape Cod is home to some of the world’s leading manufacturers of underwater vehicles. These vehicles–both remotely operated and autonomous–perform tasks such as deep sea surveying and mapping, investigating shipwrecks, inspecting dams and tunnels, search and recovery operations, and tracking great white sharks.
At this year’s Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire, two innovative programs will be on display that are designed to inspire and train the next generation of scientists and engineers to work on these types of vehicles.
The National Marine Life Center will be demonstrating a SeaPerch ROV. SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that is funded by the Office of Naval Research. Students build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme.
Technology/Engineering teacher David Breski and his students from Monomoy High School will be exhibiting the ROV that they are making for the Marine Advanced Technologies Education (MATE) competition. The MATE competition challenges K-12, community college, and university students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace. Here is a video showing some highlights of the 2014 MATE International ROV Competition.
Are you a teacher who would be interested in learning more? Consider attending this three-day workshop this summer right here on Cape Cod to get started. Plans are in the works for a Cape-wide ROV competition next spring!