ROV: Remotely Operated Vehicles

Engineering Design

Dates: June 2nd-13th

Cost: $600

Explore how engineers design and build our magical modern world. We will learn about the process of Engineering Design with a hands-on, project-based approach. First, we'll explore with a series of small, fun engineering challenges, and then by employing what we've learned to design and build actual remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs). An underwater Quidditch match or competitive challenge of choice will test just how well the ROV's perform. If time and weather permit, we will mount underwater video camera's to the ROV's and go out to explore a nearby lake bottom. You will learn and do all sorts of practical things from basic electronics, to the physics of buoyancy, to mechanical design. You will also find out how to focus your creativity, knowledge, and reason into decisions that matter. But what's more, you will start using lots of things you already know, to do things you never thought you could.


Vincent Weibel

Vincent is a student at UAF who also works in the UAF Facilities Services electric shop. He was involved in the early days of F.I.R.S.T. robotics, the very first Fairbanks robotics team back in 2001. Vincent has also been heavily involved in the M.A.T.E. ROV international competitions, which are underwater versions of F.I.R.S.T. robotics. He has been team captain of the UAF M.A.T.E. ROV team Polar Submersibles since 2006. The Polar Submersibles team photo is even featured on the cover of a college level underwater robotics textbook. Vincent has also helped instruct local GT teachers on starting SeaPerch programs in their classrooms. SeaPerch is a MIT/NAVY program similar to ASRA’s ROV, but nation wide. Vincent has been an instructor for the Engineering and Design (ROV) ASRA module since 2008.

Patrick Dewane

Currently a sophomore at UAF, Patrick studies Mechanical Engineering and dabbles in liberal arts. Having an itch to design, build, and redesign, he frequents the campus machine shop and local transfer stations. Since the 3rd grade, he has been heavily involved in F.I.R.S.T. Robotics, traveling as a team member and a coach to international competition for seven years. Patrick has been involved with ASRA for four years. He participated as a student in the ROV module when he was in high school, and can't wait to encourage re-purposing every day items and pushing simple electronics past their design-limits again this year. He was also an intern for the Cool Vibrations module, and was an assistant instructor for the Robotics module last summer. His hobbies include skiing and playing the guitar. When it comes to design, he feels that good judgement comes from experience, and that experience comes from bad judgement.

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