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Robot Wars... underwater style

Robot Wars... underwater style

Sunday 26 September 2021

Robot Wars... underwater style


Secondary school students have been tasked with constructing a robot before 'testing their metal'... underwater.

Students from Beaulieu, Grainville, JCG, Le Rocquier, Les Quennevais and Mont à L’Abbé have just 10 weeks to build and modify their remotely operated vehicles before a swimming pool-based contest at the end of November will take place.

It will see the robots put through their paces in challenges including an obstacle course and speed trial.

The competition was launched by Ports of Jersey in association with international organisations SeaPerch and RoboNation.

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Pictured: Participating students at a launch event for the contest last week.

The SeaPerch programme guides students on building an underwater robot, while supplying educators with the tools and training to help them through the process.

Aaron Gavey, Transformational Head of GTS for Ports of Jersey, said he hoped the prokect would “support future talent by sparking an interest in STEM subjects among students, particularly as the students will be selecting their GCSE subjects this year.”

Adam Sykes, JCG’s Employability Coordinator and Head of Physics, commented: “Our students are really looking forward to getting stuck in and starting to build the Remote Operated Vehicles. Thanks to Ports of Jersey for creating this incredible opportunity, which has been a big hit with the students. This awe-inspiring competition will be a great insight into the world of engineering.”

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