Berkeley Girls Underwater Robot CampJanuary 17 2015
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Since he was built, Puck the OpenROV has already been on some adventures. This week Puck traveled with me to the island of Lana'i, south of Maui in Hawaii, to be the research and exploration tool for Keona and Jasmine.
We made plans to head out with a local fisherman, Dan, on his 21 foot open design boat to dive along the coast of Lana'i. The wind and seas were a little heavy, and the new mariners suffered a few bouts of sea sickness, but they still managed to pilot the ROV on the rocky seas.
We started out early and first headed straight offshore to sink Styrofoam cups down to 500' and bring them back up, miniaturized by the crushing pressure of the sea. We then headed west towards the light house, and north up towards the Port of Lana'i. Wind and waves were too big for launching our little sub, so we returned to the lighthouse, and searched a mooring amidst the waves crashing inside the little baylet over "The Cathedrals." A series of submerged lava tubes and coral heads. We were thwarted by conditions inside the bay, so we live boated just outside and dove the ROV down about 30 meters. The girls explored the sandy bottom, which was surprising, we all thought it would be lava rock, and were passed by a SHARK! I think it was a black tip reef shark but I need a marine biologist to confirm.
As we headed back to harbor we were blessed by the company of huge humpback whales frolicking, tail flipping, spraying, and slapping right next to the boat.
The second day of building went outstandingly smoothly. Though I learned as an instructor that the new 2.7 model is a little different than the 2.6 so the easier steps, in my experience, come first, and Day 2 was a little more complex.
The girls arrived for Day 2 jazzed after such a good first build day. They worked in pairs on each of the line items listed on the board. As each of the listed items was completed, the pairs checked of their accomplishments and then pairs sort of naturally switched as larger projects required more people.
Day 1 - 10am to 3pm
Air Temp: 67 degrees F
Mentors: Erika Bergman, Kira Porter, Samantha Wishnak
Number of GEECs (Girls Engineering and Exploration Campers): 6
Ages: 10 - 17
The first step of the day is to go over what we will accomplish in the next 5 hours. It's going to be a high intensity build session, broken down into Skills Labs, and work in pairs.
Here's the plan:
Registration open to all girls ages 13-17 on EventBrite:
$130 per participant
January 17th, 18th & 19th - 10:30 - 3:30
17th: Gather at OpenROV Head Quarters in Berkeley, CA to construct ROV.
18th: Meet at OpenROV Head Quarters to Test and Calibrate ROV. Plan micro expedition.
19th: Meet at OpenROV Head Quarters and go explore.
About the Camp Mentor:
Erika Bergman is a submersible pilot and a National Geographic Explorer
Kira Porter is a High School Senior and former GURC participant. She is currently piloting the ROV Mantis.
We will be sharing in the build of ONE OpenROV. After the ROV is complete we'll make plans for each girl to take it on expedition where ever she'd like to explore!