ITEEA 2017 Conference

Underwater Robots: Tools to Engage Students in Engineering, Creative Thinking, and Entrepreneurship

Underwater robotics is great way to introduce engineering design, entrepreneurship, and project management to upper elementary, middle, and high school students, as described in the Next Generation Science Standards. Designing and building an ROV for a specific mission takes students through the engineering design process, encouraging them to think creatively and research, test, and evaluate solutions. It also challenges them to organize their time and resources, all the while working towards a deadline, just as if they were in the workplace. Underwater themes - which address the environment, archeology, ocean observing systems, mineral exploration, port security and more - help motivate a wide variety of students to participate and prepare for STEM careers. This action lab will walk participants through basic to advanced underwater robotic systems, lab activities to enhance learning, and how to participate in or set up your own competition.