Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) Program Inquiry

Challenge your group to explore Grand Traverse Bay and the world of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) with Inland Seas’ new underwater challenge course. This 2.5 hour program allows students to operate a state-of-the-art ROV through a challenge course designed to replicate challenges faced in industry; from environmental research to oil & gas exploration. This investigative course offers a hands-on learning environment so that students can explore and experience the technology shaping research and industry in the Great Lakes and beyond.

The program begins with a short orientation to ROV’s and how they are used. Students then are introduced to the ISEA ROV and the course they will be working on. At this time students are split into two groups. The first group to run the challenge course is given further instructions, and then tasked with underwater challenges that will develop their teamwork, problem solving skills, and understanding of the types of problems ROV operators overcome in their work. The second group spends their time working through a series of hands-on engineering challenges that develop students’ understanding of buoyancy, circuits, and underwater propulsion. The students then switch roles, allowing everyone to be the pilot, and explore Grand Traverse Bay through our ROV.

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