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"Designing a New Vehicle for Deep Sea Exploration and Research"

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Mr. Andrew Bowen, WHOI, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department
Andrew Bowen, Research Specialist in the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering department at WHOI, is currently working on a new type of underwater research tool for exploring the very deepest parts of the ocean, called a “hybrid remotely operated vehicle”, or HROV. He spoke about the design concept for a vehicle that can operate either as an ROV (remotely operated vehicle), with a new, lightweight, fiber-optic power-and-data-carrying tether, or as an AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) to carry out pre-programmed operations without a tether. He also discussed the extreme conditions found in the deep sea and how vehicles are designed to function under those conditions.

Web-based Resources

I. Jason
Jason overview
a site from National Geographic that gives a few activities for students about the use of the Remotely Operated Vehicle Jason, mostly involving researching Jason and the submersible Alvin on-line and comparison of capabilities
Jason virtual control van
DSL lab pages
Jason II home page
Detailed instructions on how to build a hydrophone to listen to underwater sounds, from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanographpy

II. the Deep Sea
Office of Naval Research teachers’ pages, on diving and submersibles
Consortium for Oceanographic Activities for Students and Teachers
Aquarius education site, with lessons on pressure, buoyancy, light in the ocean, including physics and mathematics aspects
The Tech museum robotics site, link to classroom activities

III. Engineering and Robotics
Future scientists and engineers of America
The Center for Improved Engineering and Science Instruction’s site, with classroom projects, standards, and links. Two activities are online activities about ocean currents and conditions.
Aquarius education site, with lessons on pressure, buoyancy, light in the ocean, including physics and mathematics aspects
a free resource for educators and administrators who are looking to integrate engineering concepts and activities into prek through twelfth grade classrooms. The activities available on the site are linked to the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks. Many of the standards in these frameworks are closely related to the nationally recommended standards for technological literacy by the International Technology Education Association (ITEA.)
NASA’s site for Robotics Education Project (REP), dedicated to encouraging people to become involved in science and engineering, particularly robotics and maintaining a web site clearinghouse of robotics education information.
good robotics site at Carnegie Mellon University
from Boston Museum of Science, about invention and simple engineering

Last updated: June 24, 2014

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