Results/ Update on the day!
The CGA supported workshop: “Underwater Robotics for Educators” was held on March 25 at the Central Connecticut University Kaiser Hall. CGA TC Ed Argenta and Coast Guard Lt. Commander Andy Gosshorn ran the event for 7 teams of interested educators.
The morning began with an introduction to MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) and included topics such as the “design and engineering process”, “What is a ROV?” and What are the future job opportunities in this marine technology field. Participants then reviewed electric principals while they wired the components of their ROV control boxes. This led to the design and construction of their ROV chassis which were constructed in a shape that would allow for the completion of two specific tasks: picking up an underwater artifact and placing it in a specific location, and using a Velcro padded arm to grab and collect 4 objects from the bottom of the pool. A team competition was held in the CCSU pool in the afternoon.
While these were daunting tasks, fun was had by all and all of the workshop goals were met. Please look for further CGA sponsored Underwater Robotic workshops in the near future.
Want to get started in an inexpensive Robotics program for your students? (STEM)
Maybe also enter a team in a national competition?
This is appropriate for educators teaching students in grades 5-6, Middle School, or beginning High School.
We will use the day-long workshop to instruct teams of teachers attending from the same school to plan, build & test their own “Angelfish” ROVs. Held at CCSU, we will have an up-to-date classroom and we will supply all of the tools and components needed. We will spend the afternoon testing the educators ROVs in the CCSU pool.
We will use the engineering and design process to design and build the ROVs. We will enhance the session with help from STEM related presentations from MATE. Participants will be able to take their ROV chassis home with them (not the electronic parts, however) and they will receive instructions and other materials from MATE.
Space is limited and we are placing emphasis on enrolling teams of two educators from the same school. (If you don’t have a “partner”, register by yourself.)
Here is the link to the flyer:
The flyer also includes an application form to be sent into Carleigh Schultz from Manchester Community College. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Ed Argenta firstname.lastname@example.org (860) 871-2884
Carleigh Schultz email@example.com (860) 512-2804