June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Ocean and Marine
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Underwater ROVs in Pre-College Education: University-K12 Partnerships That Go Beyond the CompetitionsAbstractThere are many instances where ROVs are being used to enhance STEM education. Many ofthese instances center on events such as the MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education)competition which is open to K-12 as well as college teams. The purpose of these competitions isto increase student interest in STEM and to develop a group of students who may one daybecome part of the ocean and marine engineering work force. This paper examines a high schoolROV program in Michigan which was initially competition driven, but has now transformed tothe point where the competition aspect is minor. The group’s focus has shifted to studentsdesigning, building, and using light-duty ROVs for the study of the marine environment atlocations near their school. Over several years, this particular program has become very popularwith students, parents, and the community in general. It has become a model for how otherschools in the Great Lakes basin can build interest in STEM. The Great Lakes basin is an idealplace for this type of education due to the relatively easy access to bodies of clear fresh-water.Additionally, the recent focus on invasive species such as the zebra mussel and Asian carp hasheightened public and student interest. The recent BP oil spill has also raised awareness of howROVs can play a role in protecting the environment. This paper will give a detailed descriptionof a high school program which is extracurricular and team-based. It will also describe how thisprogram is being assessed as part of a larger cohort of schools undertaking long-term, team-based STEM projects. Although the paper will focus mainly on one school’s ROV program, itwill also discuss other K-12 ROV programs which have recently been introduced to enhancemath and science education. There will be discussion of how these programs were started, theirgoals, and how they are sustained by partnerships between the high school, academia, industryand community. Assessment of these programs, including methodology and early results, willalso be presented.
Oppliger, D. E., & Troesch, V., & Kampe, J. (2011, June), Underwater ROVs in Pre-College Education: University-K12 Partnerships that go Beyond the Competitions Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18916
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