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Sea Perch

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Underwater ROVs, or remotely operated vehicles, are used in research missions such as the Titanic recovery. At a Maryland high school, students are constructing their own ROVs -- called Sea Perches -- with help from Navy engineers from NAVSEA Carderock, who teach kids about ship design, the basics of electronics, and buoyancy. Each student builds a Sea Perch, starting by assembling the frame and installing the electronics and motors. They complete their water robots by adjusting the weight to make the machines "neutrally buoyant." The students find the process challenging -- and fun. "It overwhelmed us in the beginning but when we got all the steps, we put it together and it's pretty easy," says one. "I can't wait to see it in the water," says another. "We just hope it works. That's the biggest goal!"
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Key Terms:

Ship and Submarine Design
Buoyancy
Electronic Circuits
Marine Engineering

 

Related Links:

MIT'S Sea Perch Program
http://seaperch.mit.edu/

Sea Perch ROVs
http://www.navy.mil/search/display

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  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
General Educational Support
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Books-A-Million
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Publix
  • Wells Fargo
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