ROV: Remotely Operated Vehicles
Dates: July 20-31, 2015
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 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.
As a toddler, I would hesitate when asked what sounds farm animals made. However, I was quick to respond when asked about the sound of a power drill. To this day, one of my favorite activities is curiosity-fed destruction of old junk followed by the most frugal path of creative re-purposing. This is my 6th year involved with ASRA, the first being a student in an ROV module in 2010. I am currently in my Junior year of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and balance my time between studies, impromptu jam sessions, and admiring the world. I also help out with a hands-on, year round program under ASRA called The Saturday Thing! I am excited to share my knowledge of fabrication and design this summer.