We, the Junior Huskies underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Team, are a four-member robotics team from Seattle, WA, and we are 8th graders participating in our second year of underwater robotics with the MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) organization.
Our team has a long history of teamwork and compatibility. We have worked together since 3rd grade when we cofounded a LEGO Mindstorms robotics team. In 5th grade, we had the opportunity to observe the MATE ROV competition and we were hooked. in 7th grade, we decided to enter the MATE competition for our first time. Through a creative, solution-based process, we worked diligently with limited resources to develop an optimal design for our robot. This allowed us to complete the tasks simply with minimal tooling and energy expenditures.
Last year, our team won the Pacific Northwest regional for the Scout (middle-school) division. Striving to learn more about ROVs, we chose to move up two divisions in the 2017 competition, and despite our young ages, small team, and limited funds, we won the Pacific Northwest regional competition in the ranger (high-school) division. We had the honor of attending the international competition in Long Beach, California and placed 17th out of 40, as well as getting the 4th highest score on our marketing display.
For the 2018 competition we are striving to create a completely new ROV with a more user-friendly control system based around vectored motors, and additional cameras. We also hope to add more advanced tooling, experiment with custom printed circuit boards, and calculate neutral buoyancy.