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Using Underwater Robotics in the Engineering Classroom

Using Underwater Robotics in the Engineering Classroom

Underwater robotics projects offer an excellent medium for discovery based engineering and science learning. The challenge of building underwater robotic vehicles and manipulators engages and stimulates students while encompassing a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines and scientific concepts. This paper describes an ongoing effort, at Stevens Institute of Technology, to incorporate such projects into the engineering curriculum. We report the successful design and implementation of student projects, building wire guided remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) with motorized grabbers. We also describe ongoing work to extend these projects to include computer control and sensory feedback, allowing students to develop autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The effectiveness of these modules for teaching fundamental engineering skills will be independently assessed in accordance with established educational theory. Target Audience: High School Faculty/Administrators, 2-4 Year College Faculty/Administrators

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