MarineTech Underwater Robot Competitions

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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. Alok Verma congratulated the winners and also explained the goals and objectives of the Marine Tech project. The prizes and participation certificates were distributed by Ms. Darlene Derricott from SCHEV.

In addition to the parents of the participating students, several guests attended the competition. These individuals included Dr. Laura Nelson, director of Science at Portsmouth Schools, Ms. Darlene Derricott Coordinator of NCLB program at SCHEV, Mr. Bill Piersol of Klett Consulting Group, Inc and Mr. Joe McMahon of Sabre Systems Inc.

Old Dominion University (ODU) and Longwood University are collaborating on this teacher education project, MarineTech, to integrate an innovative underwater robotics (Sea Perch) and marine technology curriculum (Marine Kits) into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses in the racially diverse and economically disadvantaged Southside, Central, and Eastern Virginia school divisions. The project includes 40 math, science, and technology education teachers in grades six through twelve, each of whom receive 40 hours of summer professional development and 40 hours of follow-up training and support. Teachers will work an additional 40 hours in working with their students to build underwater robot, Sea Perch. More than 1,200 students will derive benefits from the learning experience of the teachers. The project addresses the urgent need to enhance students' interest and performance in STEM courses, while fostering skills that are important prerequisites for STEM careers, particularly in marine engineering and technology. The program was cosponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineers.

Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Education/Training

Fiji Maritime Academy Bullish on Prospects

The Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) is on the right track to become one of the finest maritime training institutions in the region. It has also achieved an important

Vessels for the Future – New R&D Initiative

Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, both maritime and inland waterways will be under ever increasing pressure, as we use them for transport, recreation and commercially.

“Bright Ideas” program - Ash Center - Harvard University

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized the Port of Houston Partners

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1395 sec (7 req/sec)