Event Details

Second Annual Deep-C ROV Competition

April 25, 2014 - April 27, 2014 from 12:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is preparing to host the Second Annual Deep-C ROV competition. The Deep-C Consortium was formed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to carry out a long-term study on the environmental impact of petroleum hydrocarbon release in the deep Gulf on living marine resources and ecosystem health. A key component of this research is Remotely-Operated Vehicles (ROVs). In conjunction with the DISL's Discovery Hall Programs, Deep-C is educating teachers about ROVs and their uses.

Upon their return to the classrooms, teachers share their materials and experiences with their students. Teams of high school students, along with their teachers, will return to the lab this April to put their skills to the test in our second annual competition. This year, DISL is also a regional Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition center.

In addition to the five teams participating after the summer 2013 workshop, teams from the 2012-2013 competition year will also be returning. Ten teams are expected to compete, with ROVs of their own design. Many schools are hosting mini-competitions of their own, narrowing down multiple teams at each location and bringing the winning team to represent their school. While designs are sure to vary greatly, all teams must have a camera for viewing underwater challenges, as well as ways to pick up or move items.

The competition will take place April 26-27 at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab at Bishop State Community College in Mobile. In addition to the competition itself, there will team building and other fun ROV-related activities, as well as presentations and information about the uses of ROVs in marine science and research. Discover Hall faculty and teams alike are hard at work preparing, and it's sure to be a weekend the students won't forget.



Location: Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL