UAS wanted to incorporate the adventure and technologies involved in the projects into science curriculums that would help science teachers with the principles they were instructing. UAS initially partnered with the Naval Undersea Museum Foundation, Lockheed Martin, and Bainbridge High School to develop the ROV Challenge Program. This program is incorporated into the curriculum of the classroom, rather than an after school program, so all of the students in the class can participate.
Students, working in teams of two, design and build their own ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) that will be tested on specific tasks to be performed underwater. The project is complex and failure is an option. Students get to learn aspects of teamwork, communication, and troubleshooting as they overcome the challenges and improve their designs. Students often learn more in troubleshooting and correcting problems than if their vehicle had functioned flawlessly.
UAS continues to support this program with Lockheed Martin and Bainbridge High School. Since 2005, over 1,500 students have gone through the program with up to 50% of the graduating class having experienced the program.
Bainbridge High School ROV Challenge Program
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Bainbridge High School ROVs and VideoRay