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Hi my name is Helen B. and I go to Dollar Bay Highshool. I am apart of my schools Marine Robotics team called SOAR, which is a student led class. We work with local businesses to 3-d print different types of parts and create ROV's for the Isle Royale National Park.
Building Process of the R.O.V
For each student that begins Marine Robotics they have to go through one trimester of being a rookie. As a rookie you have to learn how to wire, basic code, and many more things in order to pass the class. As you go through the first weeks of being a rookie you start to find materials to create it. Each student has a $500 limit. Throughout the whole trimester it is a trial and error process of trying to create your first ROV. As a rookie the main goal of your ROV is to retrieve a PVC "T" from the bottom of Lake Superior at our local Coast Guard station.
Starting the class was nerve racking because I had no idea what to expect. But as the year went on I figured out how to create a ROV. My groups ROV was definitely not perfect. Our pool noodles were not perfectly cut and our 3-d printed motor mounts were not the prettiest but it all worked out in the end. When I went to go test the ROV for its bouancy we noticed that it just floated and was lop sided. We figured out that we had to drill more holes into the ROV's PVC frame so water could be let in and out rapidly. To fix the lop sidedness of the ROV we had to move around the pool noodle peices with trial and error to find the best spot to place them. Once we mostly