Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Summary of Final Standings 2008 Internationals!

Explorer Class Winners:

1st place - Marine Institute and Faculty of Engineering of Memorial University

2nd place - Long Beach City College

3rd place - California Academy of Mathematics and Science

Best Poster - Long Beach / CAMS (tied)

Best Report - Marine Institute and Faculty of Engineering of Memorial University

Best Technical Evaluation - Marine Institute and Faculty of Engineering of Memorial University

Ranger Class Winners:

1st place - New York City Home Educators Association

2nd place - Edgewater High School

3rd place - Dalbrae Academy

Best Poster - Lincoln HS / NYCHEA (tied)

Best Report - New York City Home Educators Association

Best Technical Evaluation - Mission College Prep High School

Friday, July 4, 2008

New Video of the 2008 International ROV Competition

Here is some great video of some of the teams that competed in the seventh annual International ROV Competition presented by Marine Advanced Technology Education that was held at University of California San Diego in June. Enjoy!

Here is the bot from Long Beach, ca.

Here is the Sea Tech 4H Club entry from Skagit Valley Washington.

These are the Dalhousie Privateers! They got the Guts and Glory award because of all the hardships they had to overcome in order to compete. See the story about them on the main page.

I'll post more video as it becomes available!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

2007 International ROV Competition Video and photo linkey goodness!

Another International ROV competition has come to a close! Here is a short video clip to whet your interest! Also here are links to photos and scores for the event. Below you will find links to the tasks teams had to accomplish and the specs for the missions. These were sophisticated tasks, and my kudos go out to all who participated!

Mission 1: The flume tank
Mission 2: The Ice Tank
Mission 3: Offshore Engineering Basin

Sunday, March 18, 2007

International ROV Competition

I have noticed that many of my readers live outside the United States where I live so you may not be familiar with the International Remote Operated Vehicle Competition that is held every year. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to build an ROV of their own and compete with other schools. Each year a "real life" scenario is developed, and students must build a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle that can accomplish specific tasks designed to challenge students to think "outside the box". Information about past competitions can be found here. If you think your school might like to participate next year, contact the MATE Center in Monterey California. They would love to see greater international participation! To get an overview of this years competition check out this link!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Some Great How To Videos

Isn't it amazing what you can learn on the web these days! Over the past couple of days I have discovered some really great instructional videos from the folks at the MAKE blog that I think you may find useful!

Here is a How To on Soldering!

In this Make: Video Podcast, Joe Grand shows us how to solder and de-solder
electrical parts.

How to Use a Multimeter!

Multimeters are the electrical engineer's swiss army knife. In this weekend project podcast, you'll learn how to use a multimeter to check for continuity, measure resistance and measure voltage. You can do other things with a multimeter, but these are a good place to start.

Here They Take Apart Stepper Motors

In this podcast I rip apart some motors that are
commonly used in robotics.? Watch and learn about these motors with me!

An Introduction to Oscilliscopes!

In this segment with Joe Grand, we learn about
oscilloscopes and their use!

And A Bit About Basic Stamps!

In this special edition of the Weekend Project
Podcast, Bre Pettis of Make: Magazine brings a special guest to the stage.? Joe
Grand is a hardware hacker and in this episode, he shows us how to use a
microcontroller to make an LED blink and a little speaker to make cellphone

My thanks to the folks over at the MAKE blog for their efforts!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Lets Get to Know Each Other!

I would like each of you to introduce yourselves!

Since this is a public blog, I don't want to know your names or where you live! That kind of information should never be posted on a public site!

I'd like to know what got you interested in underwater robotics and where you hope to go with the experience you are getting by participating in this competition! I would also like to know what your biggest success has been so far in the building process, and what has given you the most trouble.

It would be fun to see if we can figure out who is who when we get to Newfoundland!


How Is your Bot Coming along?

How is the build going for you folks? Are you excited? Depressed??? What can we do with this site to make things better for you? Let me know and I'll do what I can to find answers for you! The Tool Goddess