Education students build ROVs during workshop at Marine Institute

Faculty of Education

Dec 18, 2017

By Moira Baird

Pre-service teachers in the Faculty of Education learned to build and test remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) during a recent workshop at the Marine Institute as part of their science methods course.

The pre-service teachers were enrolled in ED 4174, a course in the Bachelor of Education (Intermediate-Secondary) program that focuses on the teaching and learning of science in junior high schools and high schools.

“One of the focuses of the course is to help pre-service science teachers understand STEM education through integrating technology and engineering design in the science curriculum,” said Dr. Saiqa Azam, assistant professor in the Faculty of Education and the course instructor.

The workshop was a first and is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to teach their future students to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to solve real word problems, apply critical thinking skills and practice teamwork.

ROVs are underwater robots used to survey the seabed, detect hazards to navigation, collect seabed samples, and repair underwater equipment.

The workshop was held in collaboration with the School of Ocean Technology (SOT), Marine Institute, which has developed outreach programs to provide training for science teachers who would like to prepare junior high or high school students to build ROVs and participate in ROV regional and international competitions.

The SOT has also developed an outreach program to involve local schools and students in the MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) regional and international ROV competition. The MATE Center holds annual competitions with the goal of using marine technology to create interest in STEM education.

The Marine Institute is the regional partner of MATE and hosted the 2015 international ROV competition. In 2016, the Eastern Edge Robotics team mentored by the Marine Institute won the ROV competition held at NASA, Houston, Texas.

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