MITS Offers Build Your Own ROV Workshop for Teachers

The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), MIT Sea Grant, the Office of Naval Research, and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers are partnering to offer an ROV building workshop for middle and high school teachers.  Participants will experience the MIT  SeaPerch program through building their own ROV and then exploring how this ROV can be used in the classroom and field.  Teachers will receive a complete ROV kit to use in the classroom along with the SeaPerch curriculum guide.

The Sea Perch Program, created by the MIT Sea Grant College Program in 2003, trains educators across the United States and around the world to build the Sea Perch, a simple, remotely operated underwater vehicle, or ROV, made from PVC pipe and other inexpensive, easily available materials. Teachers then work with students to build their own Sea Perches and deploy them on research missions in nearby bodies of water. The hands-on Sea Perch experience is a gateway to further study and careers in robotics, engineering, marine sciences and more.

Where: Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute 85 Prescott Street, Worcester, MA

When:  November 6-7, 2009
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

16 PDPs will be awarded

Cost: This workshop is funded by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers through a grant from the US Office of Naval Research and includes all materials, funds for substitute teachers on Friday, and lunch both days.

To apply: Please email Amy Hoffmaster (ahoffmaster@mits.org) before October 28, 2009 with the following information:
Name, School, School Address, Phone, E-mail Address, Grade Level and Subject(s), Electronics/robotics experience

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