An upcoming two-day workshop at the Tennessee Aquarium will encourage teachers to dive even deeper into the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
During the workshop, educators will be walked through the process of designing and assembling an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from a kit. Scientists use submersibles like these to conduct research in locations where pressure levels or temperature would be dangerous for humans.
Using this kit and the knowledge gained during the workshop, event organizers hope to spur the formation of ROV clubs at middle and elementary schools throughout the region. Once established, these groups will be able to design and build their own ROVs to compete in future Marine Advanced Technology Education ROV competitions.
“Workshops like this are really reflective of what the Aquarium is doing to help educators in the area,” says Dr. Brooke Gorman, the Aquarium’s director of science education. “We want to enhance teaching while also expanding educators’ understanding of STEM concepts.”
After completing their own ROV under the guidance of workshop organizers, participating educators will be provided with a second kit to take back to their schools.
The workshop will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. It will be held in the Gulf of Mexico classroom of the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater located at 201 Chestnut St.
Registration to the workshop is $20 and includes an ROV kit, snacks, lunch on Feb. 1 and parking fees. In order to expand participation, each school is limited to two participating educators. Even if two faculty members attend, each represented school will receive one ROV kit.
For more information or to register, visit community.tnaqua.org/events/2020-member-events/q1/winter-rov-underwater-robotics-workshop