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Resources: Programs from the Navy

ONR logoThe Office of Naval Research provides several different outreach programs for students at different grade levels. The programs, which include competitions and afterschool engagement, range in size and mission.

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Feature: Pooling Their Talents

Teacher Bill AndrakeA simulated shipwreck tested students from four Boston-area schools, who, through the MIT Sea Grant/Sea Perch Program, built remotely operated underwater vehicles to check for leaks of hazardous cargo and salvage the wreck.

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Lesson: Ballast Systems in Submarines

Submarine With Water and Air Gushing from Ballast TanksThis lesson helps students understand how a submarine controls its buoyancy through the use of ballasts. Students construct a model ballast system, and then learn to control its vent valves to make it submerge and surface.

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MATE International ROV Competition

MATEThe Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) Center coordinates an international student ROV competition and a network of regional ROV contests that take place across the world. Student teams from middle schools, high schools, home schools, community colleges, and universities participate in the events, which consist of different “classes” that vary depending on the sophistication of the ROVs and the mission requirements.

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Web Resource: Underwater Robot

The SeaPerch program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology aims to increase college enrollments in engineering and technical programs by introducing middle and high school students to science through hands-on activities. Students build an underwater robot from a kit, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme.

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