OceansWide of Maine Presents to Green Vale Students
Green Vale School students in grades one through eight participated in two dynamic presentations by OceansWide founder Buzz Scott today. Buzz is a former Navy Seabee with decades of experience on research vessels and with designing, building and piloting deep-sea ROVs.
With younger students, Buzz shared photos of a few of the 350+ different species from under the sea that had never been photographed or documented before OceansWide, as well as the many animals he has gotten close to near Antarctica.
With older students, he spoke about the 70-day trips he makes with scientists on a 300’ ice-cutting vessel to study deep-sea life using the unmanned submersibles (ROVs) he has helped design and build. He explained some of the oceans’ history and why studying and protecting our oceans is so important to all of us.
"What is an ROV and can we build one ourselves?" ROV stands for Remotely Operated Vehicle and yes, if you 're in sixth grade, you will build your own ROV in April.
Last spring, fifth grade students benefited from a bridge-building program with educators from the Brookhaven National Lab (BNL). Fifth grade students this year will participate in the same project while sixth grade students will participate in a week-long program on marine archaeology/forensic investigation and Remote Sensing/ROVs to be led by Brett Curlew of Long Island Matrix Science & Technology (LIMSAT).
During the week of April 7, sixth grade students will participate in
- a hands-on lecture on marine archaeology and a forensic investigation of a shipwreck leading to a mystery to be solved,
- review of underwater technology from the early 1900’s to today – including the use of unmanned vehicles that explore the ocean far beyond the reach of deep-sea divers,
- lessons on how to build a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) on paper and to test all materials for construction,
- workshops to build ROVs, conduct neutral buoyance test and make modifications, and
- in-water testing and competition of the ROVs at the LIU-Post indoor pool on April 10.
Green Vale’s approach to integrated STEM teaching is often enhanced by local and international experts at organizations such as OceansWide, Cold Spring Harbor Lab (CSHL), Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), and Long Island Matrix Science & Technology (LIMSAT).
What does a gal wear on the deck of an ice-cutter off the coast of Antarctica? A bright red immersion suit, of course!