Eighth Graders from Petoskey Middle School visited the Charlevoix Area Community Pool on May 15th to test out their newly designed remote operated vehicle (ROV). Petoskey teachers Meagan Neal and Becky Smith have been working with students Landon Brantly, Madeline Frey, Audrey Ratliff, Ethan Eckerle and Brinn Rider to create an ROV that can operate and complete specific tasks under water as part of The Great Lakes Regional MATE ROV Competition.
Smith, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher and Neal, an 8th grade science teacher, attended a workshop in February at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, in order to learn about designing and building these under water robots. Upon return, a team of students was assembled and has been working with them since spring break to be ready by competition time.
The student team, calling themselves the Petoskey Water Warriors, visited the Pool during open swim and tested the robot at the bottom of the deep end. “The robot is required to have some sort of claw in order to grab and move objects to different locations,” said Neal. “It is much more difficult than it looks, and requires a lot of precision and practice before the competition. We really appreciate the Pool allowing the team to practice here.”