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International ROV Competition (Image 8)

July 1, 2010
International ROV Competition (Image 8) Students from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif., traveled to Labrador, Canada, to compete in an international competition with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) they built themselves. The student's ROV was designed to operate underwater and to perform specific tasks, such as removing a well head on a submerged oil rig. [Image 8 of 10 related images. See Image 9.] More about this Image Since 2007 was designated International Polar Year (IPY) by the International Council for Science, the annual international ROV competition--sponsored by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, the National Science Foundation and the Marine Technology Society--was held in St. John's, Newfoundland, and Labrador, Canada, to focus on the earth's Polar Regions. The 15-member Jesuit High School team was one of 41 teams representing middle schools, high schools, community colleges and universities from the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland, Spain and Iran. In three days of competition, the Jesuit team, sponsored by physics teacher Jerry Glasser in an after-school program, won the best overall score for having the best machine, performing three specific tasks and preparing the best technical report presented in a 40-minute talk to a panel of judges. The judges were from NASA, the Institute for Ocean Technology and private companies in the business of dealing with underwater equipment. The challenge was to develop ROVs for underwater missions that focus on ocean observing, scientific research and offshore industry operations in the polar seas. The other two tasks required of each entry were to tether a cable to a buoy and gather Ping-Pong balls from underneath a sheet of ice several inches thick, designed to simulate an ice pack. To accomplish the tasks, the Jesuit team designed an ROV that used buoyancy created from a waterproof box that also contained a transmitter and a receiver for operating the controls. (Date of Image: June 2007)