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Taylorville Jr. High School Club Creates Underwater Robots to Reduce Invasive Critters

Updated: Wednesday, May 21 2014, 10:55 AM CDT

Taylorville Junior High School recently started an underwater robotics club for eighth grade students who are interested in science, math and engineering.

Twenty eighth graders were broken into five groups and presented with the challenge of designing an underwater remote operated vehicle, or ROV. 

The purpose of each ROV will be to survey the bottom of Lake Taylorville for zebra mussels; tiny, clam-like critters that are known for clogging pipes and boat motors.
 
Each of the robots has three requirements. They must include a built-in camera to record images underwater, along with a device that collects soil.

The robots must also have neutral buoyancy, or the ability to hover around under the water.
 
Next week, the students will take their created gadgets over to Lake Taylorville for a test spin.

Taylorville Jr. High School Club Creates Underwater Robots to Reduce Invasive Critters


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