Underwater robots are booting up

THE race is on for secondary-school children to build a remotely operated underwater robot as part of a Ports of Jersey initiative.

Year 9 students from JCG at the competition's launch event on Friday Picture: DAVID FERGUSON.
Year 9 students from JCG at the competition's launch event on Friday Picture: DAVID FERGUSON.

Year 9 students from Beaulieu, Grainville, JCG, Le Rocquier, Les Quennevais and Mont à l’Abbé Secondary School are taking part in the SeaPerch competition.

The teams now have ten weeks to build and modify an underwater robot using kits, with support from mentors from Ports of Jersey’s Group Technical Services.

At the end of November there will be a swimming pool-based competition, with an obstacle course, poster presentation and a speed trial.

Aaron Gavey, transformational head of GTS for Ports of Jersey, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to offer this unusual and quirky competition to these schools.

‘During the competition, our mentors will showcase the variety of opportunities available, both within Ports of Jersey, but elsewhere on the Island too.’

Adam Sykes, employability co-ordinator and head of physics from Jersey College for Girls, said: ‘Our students are really looking forward to getting stuck in and starting to build the remote-operated vehicles. Thanks to Ports of Jersey for creating this incredible opportunity, which has been a big hit with the students. This awe-inspiring competition will be a great insight into the world of engineering.’

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