Dr. Alok Verma, Director of Lean Institute at Old Dominion University organized two underwater robotics competitions under a project called MarineTech funded by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV). On the morning of July 11, 2009, around 60 people, including students and their parents, gathered at Maury High School for the Sea Perch underwater robot competition. During the spring semester, students built Sea Perch robots with the help of their teachers for this competition. Nine teams participated in the competition. A similar competition was conducted on June 27 in Norfolk, Virginia for Hampton Roads and Central Virginia students. Each team had to take their robots through a ‘U’ course, which included narrow channels and underwater barriers. After navigating through channels and barriers, the students had to catch a floating ball and drop it into a goal area. Each team was judged on the basis of time taken to complete the path, aesthetics of robot, team work, quality of construction, ball collection and successful touchdown. Out of 9 teams, the robot named “Po-Po’s” built by Christopher Banks and Chris Watford placed first. Robot team “Glory” including Raven Dillard placed 2nd and robot team “On Construction” including Eric Whitney and Camille Foreman placed third. During the prize distribution ceremony, Dr
Technical papers on a wide range of ship design and production topics will be presented during the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers (SNAME) Annual Meeting and Expo, October 21-23 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Early registration discounts of up to $200 are available until September 23. Abstracts of all 2009 technical papers can be viewed at: www.snameexpo.com/2009/conference/SessionPapers.asp
The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, headquartered at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California, is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded partnership of organizations concerned with marine science and technology education. The MATE Center coordinates and facilitates the development of educational programs in marine science and technology involving grades 9-16, with an emphasis on community colleges
The Shipbuilding Repair and Maritime Career Day Event 2010 was held in the Ted Constant Convocation Center on March 30 in Norfolk, Virginia. About 700 students and 70 teachers from different schools in Hampton Roads area participated in this daylong event. This year the scope of this event was extended to include maritime industry. The event offered an educational and fun-filled environment for middle and high school students to learn about various career options in shipbuilding
KONGSBERG MARITIME COMPLETES SIMULATOR INSTALLATION AT GREAT BARRIER REEF INTERNATIONAL MARINE COLLEGE
New Australian college chooses Kongsberg Maritime simulators The installation of a new suite of navigation simulators has been completed at the all-new Great Barrier Reef International Marine College (GBRIMC) in Cairns, Australia. Installation took place in January 2011 and consisted of a 270 degree DNV Class A full mission bridge simulator, a 180 degree tug bridge, 8 destktop navlab stations with part task simulators for ECDIS training and an instructor station.