ROV Program


intervention-underwater-rov-maximum-depth-1000-m-26210-2993657Underwater Robots –  Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and the newer class of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) are critical in exploring our Oceans.

These vehicles operate in a very unforgiving environment, and requires a deep understanding of basic Engineering and Physics in order to design and build successful vehicles.  Yet they are the only way for us to explore and learn more about our Oceans.

Our Underwater Robotics Program

Because Underwater Robotics allows us to push yet event further the learning around engineering and science, in particularly biological science – from measuring water quality, temperature rises and false, sunlight penetration, water currents and ebb and flow, the effect these have on underwater organisms like Coral reefs, we participate in a variety of project involving building ROV’s and measurement instruments.

Most of our activities take place under our team OctoRoboto – from Octopotamus Roboticus – which participates at times in the MATE ROV Competitions, as well as undertakes it’s own science missions to better understand our Oceans.

OctoRoboto started in the summer of 2011 as a small group experimenting with the building of an ROV to test the feasibility of perhaps competing in the upcoming MATE sponsored competitions.  What we learned then has given us the confidence to try it out.  You can find some pictures of our first attempts here.  As team we have competed in the MATE Pacific Northwest competitions in the RANGER class in the Spring of 2012 – 2014.

For the 2015 season, we will enter likely a Scout team of students in grades K – 5 and hopefully an all Girls team.  While our older students are hard at work on a Research Expedition, including the design and contraction of a research class ROV. (See here for more on this effort