Navigator ROV Team

OctoRobotSquareV2CroppedThe OctoRoboto ROV team is looking for girls in grades K – 5 to join this years ROV competition team.  This team which will need 4 to 8 Girls will build an ROV to compete in the Pacific Northwest Regional MATE competition in the Navigator class.  This project includes learning basic engineering and mechanical skills as well as preparing a science presentation on this year challenge topic.

Important Dates

In order to join this team you must be able to participate in an all day competition held on Saturday May 9th 2015, in Federalway at the King County Aquatic Center.

Team Practice days: Friday’s from 3:00 – 5:30PM Starting Friday February 27th and selected Saturday’s (including some times at Underwater Sports Dive Center pool – which are scheduled as needed and when pool is available)

Team Workshop at UofW Oceanography Department:  Saturday March 14th 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Team Work and Practice Location: Learning Access Robotics Workshop

How to join the team?

Joining the team requires an interested student to come to an informational meeting with at least one parent/guardian.  This meeting will take place on Wednesday February 18th at 7:00PM at Coe Elementary School.  At that time we will explain what is required to participate, what is expected and what we are looking for.  This team is different then other Robotics Programs we run at Coe, as we need very specific skills and team cohesion in order to make this a great experience for the full team.  We will have an application form available at that time and explain what we are looking for.  The cost to join the team will be $100/team member (Scholarships are available)

About the Competition Topic

ROVcomp2015Located ~2,100 km south of the Arctic Circle, St. John’s is the capital of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. A number of scientists who work in polar environments are based in St. John’s or use it as a starting point for their research in the Arctic. Similarly, several companies involved in oil and gas operations on the North Atlantic continental shelf are headquartered in St. John’s, while a number of others have offices there.
The Challenge

The polar science community and the offshore oil and gas industry are in need of remotely operated vehicles that can conduct 1) SCIENCE UNDER THE ICE that includes counting species and sampling organisms, deploying an instrument, and collecting data about an iceberg; 2) SUBSEA PIPELINE INSPECTION & REPAIR that includes replacing a corroded section of oil pipeline and preparing a wellhead for delivery of a Christmas tree; and 3) OFFSHORE OILFIELD PRODUCTION & MAINTENANCE that includes testing the grounding of anodes on the “leg” of an oil platform, measuring the height of a wellhead, and controlling the flow of oil through a pipeline.