NJROTC-Neutral Buoyancy Tank Demonstration

Nov 20th @ 9:02 am in Local Events, News, Public Service by Scott Staley

The Montrose Naval Science Department will dedicate and demonstrate its new 950 gallon “Neutral Buoyancy Tank” on Tuesday, 27 November at 6 PM in the NJROTC Boat Works.  The ‘tank’ was built primarily to support the department’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) effort and the Office of Naval Research “SeaPerch” Program (www.seaperch.org), but certainly has resource applications to other science programs in the District.

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).  Students build the ROVs from kits comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of its STEM curriculum. Throughout the project, students learn engineering concepts, problem solving, technical applications, and teamwork.  Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic science fundamentals, engineering concepts, tool safety, and technical procedures.  Students learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean, and marine engineering.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has provided Montrose NJROTC an $1800 grant to build SeaPerch ROVs.  This is in conjunction with an $8000 “Building to Teach” grant from ONR supporting the MHS NJROTC role in the national “Teaching With Small Boats” (TWSB) Program.  We would also like to grow this ‘experiential’ learning program to the middle schools by assisting them with grant applications, lesson plans, and ROV construction training.  This program may also be of interest to Quest.