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Girsl Underwater Robot Camps

Inspired by her submarine piloting adventures, National Geographic Young Explorer Erika Bergman wanted to share her experiences with the next generation. She started GURCs - Girls Underwater Robot Camps - to accomplish that mission.

The camps immerse junior high and high school girls in engineering and exploration. Building an OpenROV underwater robot kit as a team, each student learns to use hand tools, solder microelectronics, and basic marine technology design. High-intensity engineering workshops are followed by planning and running a micro-expedition in the field. Documenting along the way, girls also learn how to tell their story through social media, photography and filmmaking.

More information can be found at: http://www.thegeecs.com/

About GEECs

Global Engineering & Exploration Counselors (GEECs) is building a movement of citizen explorers engineering modern exploration tools and adding to our knowledge of our world. Our first program is Girls Underwater Robot Camp, instilling young women with confidence to join engineering and exploration careers.

How to participate

  1. Must be the leader of an active Open Explorer Expedition (Start one here)
  2. User account has Facebook verification (Check here)
  3. Read through the GEECs protocol guide.
  4. Send an email to openexplorer@natgeo.com.

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Crystal River, 22 Jun 2016 19:58

Who are we? We are a group of inspired individuals interested in STEM subjects hoping to make the waters of Florida cleaner. We all attended Girl's Underwater Robot camp sponsored by National Geographic, CTAE, Pinellas County School's STEM academies, and Clearwater Marine Aquarium. At this camp we constructed three ROVs that we will be using for expeditions. Typically in March, temperatures are around 76 degrees fahrenheit. Dress in layers. You may get wet, so be prepared for that. Bring shoes you can walk in comfortably and would be okay with getting wet. Wear and bring sunscreen, as well as a hat and sunglasses. It may rain so bring a jacket and/or umbrella. Bring lots of water! Bring snacks, lunch will be provided. During the expedition we will be launching an ROV off of a pontoon boat. We are hoping other explorers will help us find and install a water testing device to test the pH of the water every 3 miles for 9 miles. We will also be using a trash collector device to collect trash at the same intervals. At each interval, we will be spot checking for trash in an area within our tether range, a 100 meter radius. We will then compare the amounts of physical trash to the level of water pollution and see if a relationship exists. We will also continue doing similar expeditions in the same area so we can continue to compare the data over time. On Crystal River, we will be renting a pontoon boat. It will cost between $150 and $200 to rent a 12 person pontoon boat for the day. Catering for the event will cost around $100. Crystal River contains many springs of varying depths, the deepest being around 15 meters. It contains a variety of wildlife including manatees, which are endangered.

For this camp, we have a unique opportunity to build and test our little underwater robot at Deep Ocean Exploration and Research--a working facility that engineers ROVs and submersibles, giving participants a glimpse at a real-world engineering space! This program is limited to 6 ROV Pilots-In-Training to ensure everyone gets a piece of the action while building, testing and piloting the ROV--and documenting along the way. Mentors: Erika Bergman, National Geographic Explorer and Submersible Pilot Samantha Wishnak, Marine Science and Technology Educator Participants: Girls aged 13-17 years old Schedule: Saturday, October 10th to Monday, October 12th Program will run 10:00-3:30pm daily Parents and families are welcome to join us on Monday at 1:00 pm for our micro-expedition off the dock of DOER Marine. Important notes: Participants need to bring own lunches and a reusable water bottle. Snacks will be provided. Sea you soon! thegeecs.com

Registration open to all girls ages 13-17 on EventBrite: http://bit.ly/12HYkjZ Cost: $130 per participant Schedule: 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 Assistant Mentor: Kira Porter is a High School Senior and former GURC participant. She is currently piloting the ROV Mantis. Let's Explore! 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!

Registration open to all girls ages 13-17 on EventBrite: eventbrite.com/e/girls-underwater-robot-camp-tickets-13276023945 Cost: $125 per participant Schedule: October 4th and 5th - 9:30 - 3:30 Gather at OpenROV Head Quarters in Berkeley, CA to construct ROV. October 11th and 12th - 9:30 - 3:30 Meet at OpenROV Head Quarters to Test and Calibrate ROV. Plan micro expedition. Meet at OpenROV Head Quarters and go explore. Lunch will be provided for each of the 4 days. About the Camp Mentor: Erika Bergman is a submersible pilot and a National Geographic Explorer Check out this Arctic Girls Underwater Robot Camp to find out what's in store! openexplorer.com/expedition/arcticexpedition

From July 12th – 28th, 2014, the all female expedition will snorkel several hundred kilometers from Labrador to Baffin Island to Greenland. When I was invited to join Team Sedna, I thought about why I would undertake such a monumental challenge. I came up with one simple answer. This swim is the perfect excuse to teach engineering and exploration to girls who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Leading up to the expedition, and along the route itself, I will run a program teaching girls how to build underwater robots, and use them with confidence. Let's tear down the barriers in their way, and show these girls the potential they have to go outside and be explorers at this very moment! They will dream up things to explore that I can't even imagine. It's going to be so cool to find out what questions they will ask the world.