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Gray’s Reef sponsors MATE ROV Competition

 

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary will once again host the Southeast Regional MATE ROV Competition on Saturday, April 30, at the Chatham County Aquatics Center.

Gray’s Reef competition winners from Carrollton High School at MATE 2014 Internationals held at Thunder Bay NMS.

Gray’s Reef competition winners from Carrollton High School at MATE 2014 Internationals held at Thunder Bay NMS.

Gray’s Reef is partnering with the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) to offer underwater robotics as a vehicle to apply STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) education and to prepare students for technical careers. MATE competitions are based on real-life exploration, rescue and research missions that occur throughout the global ocean and specifically in NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System.

The event in Savannah will include teams of students ranging from K-12 through college from throughout the region.

Event organizer Jody Patterson is looking for an “army of volunteers” to help out on April 30. If interested or need additional information, contact Jody at 598-2431 or jody.patterson@noaa.gov.

Savidge lab interns wrap up summer projects

Three summer interns from Dana Savidge’s lab completed their summer research internship by presenting a seminar on with a seminar on Friday, August 31st.

l-r) Liz Hughes, Dana Savidge, Danny Stouffer and Brianna Pierce.  Danny is holding an open ROV he built.

l-r) Liz Hughes, Dana Savidge, Danny Stouffer and Brianna Pierce.
Danny is holding an open ROV he built.

Danny Stouffer discussed “Intermediate Wave Characteristics and Open ROV.”  Danny returned to St. Mary’s College in Maryland.

Brianna Pierce, a rising sophomore at the University of New Haven, presented “Waves 2005-2010, Various Spots Around the US Coast.”

Liz Hughes’s presentation was “Data Analysis of Chlorophyll Levels in Response to Fall Weather in the South Atlantic Bight.”  Liz is a rising sophomore chemistry major at UGA.

 

Students get excited about underwater robots in the Savannah Science Seminar

by Amy Rath

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary uses underwater robots (remotely operated vehicles or ROVs) to remotely observe the natural resources found within the sanctuary and surrounding areas, and as a way to get middle school, high school and college students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Students working in teams to design remotely operated vehicles(ROVs) during the Savannah Science Seminar.

Students working in teams to design remotely operated vehicles(ROVs) during the Savannah Science Seminar.

Jody Patterson, Volunteer Coordinator for Gray’s Reef, is also the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the MATE ROV Competition in Savannah, Ga. She is worked with 36 students from secondary high schools in Chatham County as part of the Savannah Science Seminar through January 21st. The focus of this sanctuary program and workshop was to develop stewardship for our ocean and marine habitats by engaging and inspiring students and educators with ocean observing technologies.