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5/26/2017 - CHS Places First at MaTTS Culminating Event at URI

The culminating event for the Marine Technology for Teachers and Students (MaTTs) grant took place on May 17th at the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Campus. 


Marissa Schroeter and Alexandra Benoff presented their “jelly fish” prototype and design for an attachment to an ROV that could deploy to 2000 meters.  Their design included a biobox and special suction tool that could consider the animal’s physical composition, immense pressure at that depth, and light sensitivity of the organism.  A judging committee comprised of professors at both URI and UCONN proposed a series of questions investigating their understanding and rationale for the design.  Out of the 10 schools participating in this program, Canton High School placed first!  Congratulations to Marissa and Alexandra on this and all the work they have done over the last 18 months as part of this program.  Last summer, they spent a week at URI building a remotely controlled submersible vehicle (ROV) and a number of sensors  to attach to it.  These sensors included a camera system, temperature, hydrophones and others.  This past winter they helped facilitate the CMS Stem Academy where teams of middle school students built their own ROVs.   This last event allowed a final opportunity for the students from CT, MA, RI, Tennessee and Texas to meet and share their research work.  Included in this program was Dr. Jeff Kneebone’s talk on his research related to the resurgence of the sand tiger sharks in New England and remote tagging processes used to track sharks around the world.  A key aspect of the MaTTs program is to integrate engineering design practices, communication with engineers and scientists from the field to promote interest with students for careers in the STEM areas, and use of telepresence in scientific underwater exploration.