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Students get primer on underwater robotics

Posted: Sep 07, 2018 1:09 PM +10:00 Updated:

Exploring the depths of underwater robotics, teachers from both private and public schools train to teach Underwater ROVs for middle and high school STEM programs.  

They're testing the limits of underwater exploration. Jim McDonald from Monterrey Peninsula College visited Guam for the fourth year in a row to teach middle and high school students underwater robotics. "This year we're doing more of the triggerfish; it's more advanced and it's for people who did not get to do it," said Leah Beth Nahalowaa. So far, all of Guam's high schools and most middle schools participate in the federally funded program.

The goal - according to Nahalowaa, DOE's college pathway program director - is to spark interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, better known as STEM.

"We need a lot of engineers on Guam, doctors and all that kind of stuff so by introducing this to them hopefully they'll be more interested in those careers," she explained.

A robot to solve real world issues. Every year, the level of difficult increases, challenging students to think outside the box. "Now that you have this capability what are the local issues you all want to address with these underwater robots. The kids are excited you want them to go monitor your reefs go look at plastic in the ocean you want to do fish counts it's whatever your local issues you all have to decide how to use these now," she stated.

If you have a student interested in building an underwater ROV you can contact your school principal, science or math teacher, or even visit GDOE Curriculum and Instruction to find out more.

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