Students from The Dalles Place Third at Underwater Robotics Contest

Guest post from Lu Seapy, Wasco County 4-H.

Students with 4-H in The Dalles placed third at an underwater robotics competition in Lincoln City that tested their engineering and problem-solving skills. The team called the ROV Sharks, representing Wasco County 4-H, took home the third-place trophy in the intermediate level “Navigator” category.

They were one of the 31 teams from Oregon that participated in the state’s 6th annual Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle competition on April 29 at the pool at the Lincoln City Community Center. More than 200 students from elementary school through college demonstrated devices they built for the competition, which aims to prepare students for technical careers.

Besides The Dalles, teams hailed from Astoria, Warrenton, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo, Eddyville, Waldport, Florence, Bandon, Albany, Aloha, Tigard and Beaverton.

The competition, which was coordinated by Oregon Sea Grant and sponsored by the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, was divided into four categories based on skill and grade level. The first-place finisher in the “Ranger” category, a team from Newport High School, will advance to the 16th annual international competition, which will be held June 23-25 in Long Beach, Calif., and will feature the top 60 teams from around the globe, including ones from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Russia. Teams in the “Navigator” and “Scout” category do not advance.

The Oregon event is one of 30 regional contests around the world that are coordinated by the California-based Marine Advanced Technology Education Center.

Three teams from The Dalles competed in the Marine Advance Technology Education Underwater Robotics (ROV) state championship last weekend as one team. Pictured above (from left to right) are: Ian Castenada, Martin Hernandez, Keegan Kuku, Saul Hernandez, Uriel Verduzco, Chase Sam, Angel Garcia, Stephen Ganders, Connor Sam, Jacob Ganders, Caleb Parsons, Haley Richardson, Frances Fuller, Shane Squires.