Engineering Club: Get Your Feet Wet

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The BBCC Engineering Club has begun working on their first Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an effort to familiarize themselves with the design and operating challenges associated with creating an ROV for future competitions.  Although a relatively new club started in the spring of 2013 by STEM Grant staff Rafael Villalobos Jr. and now advised by James Sauceda, a mechanical engineer and adjunct instructor, the pre-engineering students are literally diving right in to the project.  The prototype has a wide range of components including its PVC pipe frame, 12 volt battery, buoyancy tanks, six bilge pump motors with propellers and an analog switch controller that students must assemble, solder and connect to the ROV using a 25 ft. tether cable.  

The success of the ROV prototype is greatly due to partnerships between the club, member leadership and AmeriStay Inn & Suites of Moses Lake, WA.  The local hotel provides the club access to their swimming pool facilities during non-peak hours.  The hotel and club members, many of which are Running Start students, are eager to complete the next generation of ROV that will hopefully compete in the 2015-2016 academic year.  The next gen ROV 2.0 will include similar components in addition to underwater lights, a wide-angle camera with remote viewing above water, a robotic arm and an upgraded joystick controller.  

In the video: Club President, Tomas Solarzano, Warden High School;
Club Vice President, Jeffrey Jensen, of BBCC; Club Member, Ulises Medina, Warden High School;
Club Advisor, James Sauceda.