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Underwater Robots Surface in Utah

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Technology and Engineering Teacher Volume 74, Number 5, ISSN 2158-0502


Underwater robots (or ROVs: Remotely Operated Vehicles as they are typically called in industry) have recently become a very popular instructional STEM activity. Nationally, ROVs have been used in science and technology classrooms for several years in cities such as Seattle, San Diego, Virginia Beach, and other coastal areas. In the past two years, even landlocked states such as Utah have started integrating ROVs into STEM education curriculum and have been greeted with similar excitement and success. The purpose of this article is to: first, discuss the affordability of using ROVs and related technology to promote and teach STEM content; and second, to provide an anecdote of people doing so in an area that is not typically known for ROVs--in hopes that others might see the benefits and realize that they too can leverage ROV technology to diversify and enhance their STEM curriculum.


Hurd, R.C., Hacking, K.S., Damarjian, J.L., Wright, G.A. & Truscott, T. (2015). Underwater Robots Surface in Utah. Technology and Engineering Teacher, 74(5), 8-16. Retrieved March 3, 2021 from .

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