Remotely Operated Vehicle team tops deep competition

ROV team tops deep competition - Contributed photo
ROV team tops deep competition
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Got a sunken boat? These guys might be able to help.

Friday Harbor’s middle school ROV team (that’s ROV, as in remotely operated vehicle) finished first among 40 other Pacific Northwest teams competing at an annual design and demonstration event May 10 in Federal Way, besting its third-place finish from a year ago.

To be ready for the competition, held at the Weyerhauser Pool, middle schoolers Josiah Wegemer, Zack Fincher, Jacob Kaden and Matthew McElrith designed, assembled and fine-tuned their own ROV. Along with the other competitors, they then used their ROV to mimic the exploration of a shipwreck.

Friday Harbor’s high school team competed at the event as well.

The middle school team was assisted by middle school ROV advisor Jenny Wilson, retired engineer Bob Tauscher and Molly Roberts of the U of W Labs, and drew support as well from Paul Hopkins of San Juan Island Fitness Center, who made the club’s pool available for practice. The San Juan Public Schools Foundation also provides financial support for the ROV program.


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