MATE ROV : Varsity RoboPenguins
Sidwell Friends Robotics, the team entering the international competition, is a combination of all the members from the JV RoboQuakers and the Varsity RoboPenguins. For simplicity, the Varsity page will be receiving all updates regarding the international competition in Houston. In addition to the RoboPenguins' members, the other members of Sidwell Friends Robotics can be found here, on the JV page. The robot that will compete at the international competition will be the RoboPenguin's old robot (codenamed N.A.R.W.H.A.L.).
In the summer of 2010, the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig devastated the Gulf of Mexico and shocked environmentalists around the world. Early attempts to stem the flow of oil into the Gulf involved using Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to close the blowout preventer valves. These efforts were largely futile, and the well was not fully capped until September, a full 5 months after the initial explosion. This disaster highlighted the necessity of developing new ROVs in preparation for future catastrophes.
With the success of our FTC team, the RoboFoxes, in the spring of 2011, the Upper School Robotics Program gained new faces. As a result, for the MATE ROV competition, Sidwell created two teams. Our team, the Varsity team, mostly members from the RoboFoxes, hopes to bring the same FTC energy to the MATE ROV competition. The Sidwell Friends RoboPenguins, composed of Juniors and Seniors, aim to demonstrate the ability of our ROV (codenamed N.A.R.W.H.A.L) to complete a number of tasks related to disaster mitigation and evaluation.
Information about the competition can be found here.
The Sidwell Friends RoboPenguins have now qualified for the MATE ROV international competition at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas from June 16th to June 18th. Information about the international competition can be found here.