MATE Robotics

BY Stacey Strong

Sturgis Charter School (East)

Project Description
In 2014-2015, six young women from grades 9 and 10 pioneered the Sturgis ROVers Marine Technology club at the East campus. I helped them by writing a grant proposal for money to buy a Sea Perch Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) kit. Together, we learned to solder, to use a ratcheting PVC cutter, to waterproof a motor, and to pilot an ROV. The club started with these six young women, but has now grown to a club with more students that bring opportunities for all students to connect with the field of Marine Technology through Facebook posts, club fairs, guest speakers, and field trips.

We have now built the SEA PERCH ROV three separate times since initiating our club, and have acquired a skill base in soldering, sensors, and design. The Sturgis ROVers would like to take on a more complicated challenge called the Triggerfish ROV, through the MATE ROV program. We believe we may have half of the funds covered to purchase a $640 Triggerfish. In this grant proposal we request help meeting the other half ($320).

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
By the end of the year, every Sturgis ROVer will have:
1) successfully soldered a working circuit.
2) created a simple design on a 3D CAD program (autofusion 360, 3D paint, etc.)
3) printed a creation or downloaded file through the club’s 3D printer
4) participated in the building of the MATE ROV
5) been exposed to the Cape’s marine technology industry through club field trip or guest lecturer.
6) shared their new skill/knowledge with a newcomer to the ROVers

Success will be gauged in maintaining “ROVer badge data” on each ROVer’s progress through these six goals.

Benefit to the students and the school
Students will learn about the local opportunities in the marine technology field.
Students will gain exposure ways they can plug into the marine technology field not only through science, but through trades, and the humanities as well as entry level positions.
The school will be represented at the MATE regional competition in May, 2018.
The school will forge deeper connections with the marine technology industry and science field.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
By the end of the year, every Sturgis ROVer will have:
1) piloted a SeaPerch ROV through an underwater challenge in practice.
2) successfully soldered a working circuit.
3) created a simple design on a 3D CAD program (autofusion 360, 3D paint, etc.)
4) printed a creation or downloaded file through the club’s 3D printer
5) participated in the building of the MATE ROV
6) been exposed to the Cape’s marine technology industry through club field trip or guest lecturer.
7) shared their new skill/knowledge with a newcomer to the ROVers

 

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