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DTG2 Mini ROV becomes part of the Stockbridge Advanced Underwater Robotics Team in Palau

Amanda Coulas   |   April 16, 2014

Stockbridge High School added Robotics to the curriculum 5 years ago as a replacement for the school store/ advanced marketing program. The program started out using lego mindstorms and has since added the vex robotics system. In 2010 they added underwater robotics for the advanced students. The underwater robotics curriculum has grown from one initial class of 4 students to two classes of twenty students in the last three years. In 2012 the students in the advanced underwater robotics class were asked to build and ROV and participate in the BentProp project searching for missing American airmen from World War II. This initial class of 8 students traveled to Palau in March of 2012 and was able to find and identify a U.S. Marine Corps Corsair Fighter thaStudents Experience Using Mini ROVn was shot down in 1944.

It was when Stockbridge High School's Underwater Robotics class was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime that they reached out to Deep Trekker. Based on our students' success in the MATE International ROV Competition, the class was contacted by the BentProp Project and asked to build an Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle or ROV capable of diving to a depth of 125' in saltwater, then recording images of downed aircraft in Palau from World War II. BentProp is a non-profit organization and missing aircrews from World War II. Information related to The BentProp project can be found at bentprop.org. The team traveled to Palau in late March and into April with the Deep Trekker DTG2 in tow, to support their mission. Working side-by-side with the Stockbridge ROV, the DTG2 is being used to survey and search among the Corsair Fighter.

We are absolutely stoked to be a part of such an amazing project, with an amazing group of young adults who will no doubt change the world. Thanks Stockbridge Team!

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