Clearwater Middle School Team 5 were the overall winner of the 2015 ROV Angelfish Challenge. Collecting 146.5 out of 158 points in the challenge.

Registration opened Oct. 1 for middle school team participation in the popular Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Challenge, sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Robotics IN Education (MARINE) programme. This year’s programme, hosted by the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) with lead donor support from HSBC, will become a regional partner with the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE), which challenges students to apply physics, math, electronics, and engineering lessons to the marine environment.

Following the success of last year’s ROV Challenge, MATE approached BIOS about a partnership that will give Bermudian youth a stronger path to ROV competitions at higher international levels. Bermuda’s middle school students will compete this year at the Scout and Navigator levels of the MATE course (designated for beginner and mid-level difficulty).

The event will be held at the National Sports Center on April 30, 2016.

Chris Brown, Head of Financial Crime Compliance and Regulatory Compliance for HSBC, and HSBC spokesperson for the BIOS partnership said, “HSBC is pleased to support BIOS’ for the second year of the Remote Operated Vehicle Challenge. This programme and competition are exciting ways to teach our young people about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and shows them how their knowledge can be applied towards projects that can help us learn more about our oceans to conserve them for future generations. HSBC globally supports programmes that promote learning about the environment and sustainability of our planet, so this programme was a good partnership fit for HSBC in Bermuda.”

2015 ROV Challenge Warwick AcademyStudents from Warwick Academy during the ROV Angelfish Challenge at the Bermuda National Sports Centre. 

“We are grateful to HSBC for their continued support of this programme,” said Kaitlin Baird, Assistant Director of science education programmes at BIOS. 

The programme reflects BIOS’s commitment to using underwater vehicles to understand complex ocean processes, Baird said. Building ROVs fosters critical thinking skills, enhances individual and group problem solving skills, and boosts technological fluency. It also supports our STEM education goals.

This year’s topic is “From the Gulf of Mexico to Jupiter’s Moon Europa: ROV Encounters in Inner and Outer Space.”  During the challenge, students will set vehicles they have built with mentorship from instructors on a variety of missions, such as surveying and retrieving samples from a moon-like surface and collecting a coral sample from the deep sea.

MARINE will be the topic of workshops hosted by BIOS for the Bermuda Union of Teachers on October 26 and 27.

For information on how to become involved please visit: http://www.bios.edu/education/marine/

For more information please contact Kaitlin Baird at kaitlin.baird@bios.edu

BIOS is a U.S .not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status and a Bermuda registered charity (#116).