Building the New Fleet of OpenROVs, and STEM Out Reach

The AARR team.
The AARR team.

The AARR Team has been working to complete the three new updated 2.7 OpenROV units for deployment at our upcoming expedition to Santa Rosa Island. Currently the team has finished two of the 2.7 units in just two short weeks after taking receipt of then. This is an amazing pace, as each of the previous 2.6 units took between 2-3 weeks of work to complete! There are a number of upgrades to durability, power, lighting, and more!

Chris and Paul prepping a newly built ROV.  This is one of three they have been working on since the beginning of February.
Chris and Paul prepping a newly built ROV. This is one of three they have been working on since the beginning of February.
The brand new ROV in all it’s glory.  The second ROV is 50% complete and the third should be completed on March 1.
The brand new ROV in all it’s glory. The third ROV is 50% complete and should be completed on March 1.

This last Friday, the team tested one of the new ROVs before running off to give a presentation at the Channel Islands Boating Center.  After checking to see if the aquatic rover responded correctly to all commands, ensured the camera worked, and after making a few fixes so it would maneuver properly, they set off to the CI Boating Center where students from Oxnard’s Frank Middle School was waiting for them. The AARR works with many middle and high schools, and specifically works with the Frank Middle School Academy of Marine Science and Engineering, and VEX Robotics students.

Paul spoke to the VEX robotics students about using ROVs for environmental research.
Earlier in the week, Paul brought one of the OpenROVs to Frank Middle School and spoke to the VEX robotics students about research expeditions “adventure science” and using ROVs for environmental research.
At the boating center dock, Paul found a Bat Star along with some of the students from Frank MIddle School.
At the CI boating center dock, Paul and some of the marine science academy students, found a Bat star!
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