ROV: Remotely Operated Vehicles
Dates: June 2nd-13th
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 in 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 member of the UAF MAST team that went to Norway in 2007 for an international competition in underwater ROV. Vincent has taught the ASRA ROV module since 2007.
Currently a freshman at UAF studying Mechanical Engineering, Patrick has always had an itch to design, build, and redesign. Since the 3rd grade, he has been heavily involved in F.I.R.S.T. Robotics, travelling as a team member and a coach to international competition for seven years. At school, he will usually be found in the machine shop during his free time realizing doodles on napkins. Patrick has been involved with ASRA for three years, and interned for the Cool Vibrations module last year. He looks forward to tinkering with robots and co-instructing the middle school robotics module this year.