Robotics Goes Down Under At CCSU. Fox CT, 8-5-14

August 05, 2014

Robotics Goes Down Under At CCSU

Posted 6:45 PM, August 1, 2014, by

Call it higher education, underwater.

At Central Connecticut State University middle schoolers are working to build what’s called a SeaPerch, an underwater remotely operated vehicle, or ROV.

On the CCSU campus in New Britain the athletic center’s pool is where students have been testing the waters for their submersible creations.

“There is a kit and they get with all the parts,” said Greg Kane, the summer program robotics director. “They cut the PVC, they drilled the holes in them…they built them and they all work,” Kane noted.

Maneuvering his SeaPerch in the shallow end of the CCSU pool, 12-year-old Sam Teel from Somers said, “it just feels really good to build all this, it’s a big accomplishment.”

Robert Turcotte, a 12-year-old from Berlin, said, “the coolest thing was the first time putting them in the pool and seeing how they were going to do.”

Kane stressed the importance of such a program, especially in Connecticut.

“We’re the submarine capital of the world, what better place to learn about submersibles,” Kane said.

The program continues one more week at CCSU, and next week the program opens up to high school students.