The John Gray High School “Bolts” a group of budding engineers have headed out to Louisiana, United States for the U.S National challenge at the Louisianna State University (LSU).
The students will compete against over 150 students who built Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV’s) which travel underwater. The students used low cost easily accessible parts to design and construct the vehicles which they will take with them to the United States for the competition.
The John Gray Students were prepared by their teacher Mr Desmond White who taught the team engineering techniques on how to build the robotic vehicles. Team captain Mr. Jai Dixon McKenzie says much preparation went in to reaching the international level of the competition.
” It was lengthy, it was lengthy it took us a certain bit of time to get certain things for the ROV to be like correctly we had to get the buoyancy of the ROV to be neutral to get it to stay proper to float underwater instead of coming back up or staying to the ground. So that took us awhile then we had to change out all of our motors to new ones because of certain difficulties,” Mr. McKenzie said.
The “Bolts” were winners of the regional competition in past weeks, which made them eligible for the international stage of the competition.
The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) partnered with SeaPerch which is a programme dedicated to teaching young people how to construct robotics from regular items which made the involvement of the team possible.