Innovation 150 Lecture Series

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Johnson GEO CENTRE, 175 Signal Hill Road

STEM Underwater: How post-secondary students are the next tide in underwater exploration (with Lake Maps NL and Eastern Edge Robotics)

Lake Maps NL is a projects group tinkering with marine technology, currently working on an autonomous surface vehicle—basically a bunch of nerds with too much time on our hands building a boat. Orange Pudding, the boat in question, is being developed for shallow water hydrographic surveys (e.g. ponds, lakes, and harbours). We are going to talk about where and how we found inspiration for the work we do and why we think that it is important to pursue hobby projects. We will also touch on what aspects of building things we find most rewarding.

Eastern Edge Robotics is a student group at Memorial University of Newfoundland. For 15 years the team has built underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to compete in the Marine Advanced Technology and Education (MATE) International ROV Competition. In 2016, we achieved first place at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy lab in Houston, Texas. In 2017, we placed in the top five in Long Beach, California. In June of 2018 we will compete in Seattle, Washington. We will talk about the importance of pursuing STEM projects outside class time and how building the ROV refined our skills in engineering and technology, while also describing the various aspects of the vehicle.