Last week, 7 enthusiastic Clearwater Middle School students and 2 proud teachers got an experience of a lifetime when they headed to North Rock with BIOS to snorkel and operate their winning Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in the ocean.
The students and teachers of Clearwater Middle School were the overall winners of HSBC Explorer’s 2015 MARINE ROV Angelfish Challenge that occurred on March 8th, 2015. The Challenge brought together 8 local academic bodies with 28 teams in an exciting competition of student-built underwater ROVs. Over the course of 2 months, students designed, built, and practiced operating their custom ROVs. All of their hard work was put to the test in the National Sports Centre pool, where students worked in teams to maneuver their custom ROVs through a challenging underwater obstacle course. Read more about the Mid Atlantic Robotics IN Education (MARINE) program here: http://www.bios.edu/education/marine/.
- Overall best total score: Clearwater Middle School
- Phase 1 winner: The interview challenge Somersfield Academy
- Phase 2 winner: Navigation ring challenge Clearwater Middle School
- Phase 3 winner: Ring pick up challenge Bermuda Home School Association
- Phase 4 winner: Speed challenge Clearwater Middle School
- Best teamwork: Warwick Academy
- Best team spirit: Sandys Middle School
In an effort to engage the Bermudian community and young students on the island, BIOS developed MARINE, a multiyear underwater design and engineering program. The program supports and enhances science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and provides the sort of experiential group learning that traditional academic education tends to overlook. This experiential learning can be truly transformative, as students hone their critical thinking skills, individual and group problem solving skills, and technological fluency while seeing firsthand how classroom knowledge translates into everyday use.
The journey begins
Fun while learning