The science club from Currituck High School recently visited the Institute for a program showcasing various applications of marine technology. As part of the program, students were introduced to the five primary research areas of the UNC Coastal Studies Insitute and how these different programs utilize marine technology to collect data in a dynamic and challenging environment. During the presentation, educators introduced hands-on activities to help reinforce some of the key concepts covered during the program.
Students were then taken on a tour throughout the facility to view lab spaces where experiments were underway and spoke with researchers carrying out their work.
The club members then got the chance to engineer their own marine technology in the form of a remotely operated vehicle or ROV. Using simple components such as PVC pipe and styrofoam, the fledgling scientists learned about structure, propulsion and buoyancy as they designed their vehicles. The devices were then checked to make sure that they were properly ballasted before the real test began. The engineers-in-training had to navigate their ROV through an opening, rescues a stricken vessel on the surface, and recover an object from the floor of the tank.
This programming is one of the many offered to individual classes, clubs and school groups at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute. Please contact David Sybert at 252-475-5451 or email him at [email protected] with any questions or to schedule a program. You can read about each of the programs offered by visiting HERE.