ROV, Day 1

For one of our group activities here on the ship we have the opportunity to construct ROV’s (Remotely Operated Vehicles) led by CORK Specialist’s Geoff Wheat and Samuel Hulme. Even with no idea what an ROV is, it sounds like it could be fun, right?

Well I thought it did, and anyone who knows me knows that when it comes to ROV’s I can get ridiculously excited and completely rapped up in one. Anyway ROV stands for remotely operated vehicle (right, I already said that) and while they may all be commonly referred to as ROVs, they can be constructed for many specific applications. Luckily though, no matter your specific use for one, there are a wide variety of kits that can be purchased online from any number of vendors with varying prices.
The ROVs we’re constructing on the ship are from the kit, ROV-in-a-Box, Underwater Robot Project Kit (featured in the teaser photo) by Karen Suhm. Although we’re provided with a kit and manual, based upon prior knowledge and experience we decided to make some minor structural modifications that were deemed necessary in order to reinforce the frame. These ROV activities are great for classroom and group use, as well as to teach the teachers and other participating people on board about the construction of an ROV and some practical applications for one.  These activities also open the field for discussions about the Alvin, its uses and its place in scientific ocean drilling.
To go along with the group activities, Beth Orcutt, Geoff, Samuel and I will be working on instructional videos about the different steps and modifications that can be made when constructing your own ROV. Hopefully the videos will come out great and will be be used in a classroom setting and possibly with Geoff’s’ RETINA< program.



Student ROV Project

Hi there, my name is Obed Fulcar and I am a NOAA Teacher at Sea on board the ship Oscar Dyson, currently on the Bering Sea. I can definately relate to your experience. I am interested in building an underwater ROV with my middle school students in New Washington Heights, New York City, to deploy it on the waters of the Harlem River. Can you recomend any free or almost free resources, websites where we could get started. Send me any info to and best.
Obed Fulcar
MS319 Sp.Ed Teacher<

ROV plastic

So the inside of the pipe is open to the sea to equalize the internal and external pressure?


None of the pipe is actually left open to the sea. Holes are drilled in all of the tee's and corners so that air can escape the pipe as it fills with water to make the frame heavier. The heavier frame combined with floats attached to the top of the frame give the ROV a neutral buoyancy.