“With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you're connected to the sea, no matter where on earth you live.”
- Sylvia Earle
We explore the DEEP oceans with DIY ROV’s (Remotely Operated under water Vehicles, under water robots).
Project ROV began in 2015 as a collaborative effort between Ocean First Institute and Colorado STEM Academy, with support from NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program. Project ROV is a global initiative to combine phenomena with STEAM components to create collaborative, multidisciplinary, inquiry-based STEAM projects, designed by students. Knowledge related to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) is crucial in responding to the challenges we are facing as a society. Project ROV will focus on Goal 14 of the United Nations sustainable development goals. This goal aims to: “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources” (United Nations, 2015).
With this goal in mind, Project ROV will:
- Create global collaboration for something that connects everyone on earth: the ocean
- Raise awareness for the United Nations sustainable development goal of conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas, and marine resources.
- Encourage local area research and knowledge and create a better understanding of our local oceans, seas and underwater environments
Building and using ROVs will serve as the basis for several objectives:
- Spark interest in underwater environments
- Initiate student-driven research questions
- Communicate with the local community about underwater technology and research
- Collaborate with the local community to raise awareness about underwater environments
In 2017 we started the collaboration between the University of Helsinki research stations, several finnish schools and an international school in Germany.