Tue, 07/12/2016 - 11:08 -- bbutt

Day one has come and gone. I've met many new people from the United States. In total, 20 individuals are attending this workshop. 10 men and 10 women. We come from the diversity of cultures and locations but have one thing in common, a strong interest in constructivist education. At the workshop we have had a chance to create our first underwater ROV robot. We have discussed the process of designn and have discussed how to organize and schedule teams of students, how to work with groups of individuals, and some of the tools and process necessary in the creation of these devices. The majority of the afternoon was looking at the design and creation of the frame. It was a lot of fun. Working groups of two we were to design a frame, choose thruster configurations, measure and cut PVC pipe and put together a rough draft of our ROV. My partner Jane is an experienced Chemistry teacher from Florida. Like many I have spoken to, she is looking at teaching ROV robotics as a possible way to extend her career. The high level of interest from students fuels the educator in her.