KION News Channel 5/ High School Students in Santa Cruz Build Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles for Ocean Experiments

KION News Channel 5/, “High school students in Santa Cruz build Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles for Ocean Experiments,” by Melody Waintal.

Mount Madonna School Engineering Club students built an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to explore the ocean floors of Catalina Island.

Before the pandemic, the school’s Engineering Club used to take a trip to Catalina Island in the spring. Because the 2020 and 2021 trip was canceled due to COVID-related restrictions, the trip was postponed to the fall. This year, days before the trip, 13 students worked during their lunch breaks and over the weekend to build the underwater camera-enabled robot that would allow them to explore the ocean off the island’s shore.

“We are testing to make sure that all of the pieces are correctly soldered onto the motherboard,” said junior Sam Kaplan, who was helping classmate Cecily Kelly and senior Liana Kitchel to prepare components for the ROV control boxes. Read more