Taking Learning to New Depths

Posted: November 21, 2014

Computer 110 students at Miramichi Valley High School intend to soon explore the underwater environments of local bodies of water … without getting wet! This goal is to be achieved through a series of learning activities such as on-line research, collaboration amongst themselves and with like-minded researchers nationally and internationally, problem solving and yes, computer science. These learning activities will lead them to develop and master the control of an underwater Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV), so that it is suitable for use in local waters. Its end-purpose would be to explore and study lakes and rivers and be of value to environmental studies projects, local fishing interests and the general public.      However, in the meantime, the process of acquiring and developing the device is providing a wealth of learning opportunities for the high school students suited to the technological, entrepreneurial and collaborative objectives of 21st century learning. The computer programing required for the project is known as Open ROV, non-proprietorial software, which has no cost associated with it and is developed collaboratively with other interested individuals. The ROV itself was provided by Brilliant Labs. MVHS teachers Mr. Ashley Hallihan and Mrs. Kathy MacDonald have been working very hard with their students through the fall and hope to have an open water “sea trial” before the end of term. Visit Miramichi Underwater Robots - MVHS , and the projects Blog for more information . Recently the students held an “open house” for invited members of the local community they felt would have an interest and could potentially become partners as the project develops. For photos visit Open House .