We are a group of high school students from Freeport, Maine who have taken on the task of designing an affordable submersible for private owners, businesses, and research institutes. We chose to take on this intensive project for a few different reasons. For one, this project has amazing potential. Currently there are very few cheap, research oriented submersibles. While large institutions can purchase ROVs like these, there is nothing reliable out there for private investors or businesses. This project also gives us the unique opportunity to innovate in a field that is lacking.
We started this project at the beginning of the summer of 2013. It was dedicated to initial research and design of a submersible. Our research allowed us to plan for the upcoming year and gave evidence of our work. For the next 6 months we will use what we have learned and implement it into a physical design. Our progress is documented on a blog found here:
This school year we will be deeply devoted to the finalization of this project. This fall will be dedicated to integrating all of the computer components complete so far (i.e. video streaming, motor controller), getting our sensors to work, and testing out different data/power transferring techniques. We will then focus on the shell, GUI, and float finishing the project by the end of May. Obviously a project like this is bound to run into many problems. We are aware that we may not finish by the designated date, but will try as hard as we can to meet our goal. If you have any questions about our timeline or would like to see more definite dates email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Benefits Coastal Communities in Maine and elsewhere
- Stimulate Innovation in the ROV Industry
This project has a huge impact not only for Maine, but for the entire ROV industry. This project will not only support Maine research institutes (such as GMRI and Bigelow), but also Maine education. Currently there is a huge push for Maine to become more technological and innovative. This project might turn into a goal for schools around the state to become more involved with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Our product will also better the ROV industry. As we have already discussed our product, unlike others on the market, will be cheaper while having more capabilities. This will introduce innovation and competition into a market that has not reached its greatest potential.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you aren't able to donate, that's fine! We can use as much help as we can get. Please email us with any tips on the topics covered in the blog (found here). We would also be ecstatic if you can share our project with friends and family...we want to get the word out! Our project is unique in that it is not something that many high schoolers are doing.
What We Need ($)
We are currently awaiting funding in order to move forward with this project. Collectively we have already spent more than $700 on materials and over 500+ man hours of work. Funding for this project is directly related to the progress made. We are currently at a standstill on over half of our project because of lack funding.
We are looking for money, materials, expertise, and shop time. The list below highlights highlights our priority materials.
400 feet of 6 or 8 gauge wire (example)
- 12v DC to 110v AC 500 Watt Inverter (example)
- 110 vAC to 12vDC 500 Watt Converter (example)
- Arduino compatible waterproof sensors (list found here)
- High quality USB webcam
USB wired XBox Controller
- 2x(8" diameter by 3' long cylinders)
- Long range wireless (dial up, 4G, etc.)
- Raspberry Pi compatible GPS
- Raspberry Pi
- Arduino Mega
- 16GB+ SD card (or mini SD)
If you would like to donate materials, expertise, or shop time to our project please email us at: email@example.com
We are hoping that you will donate to our cause. Donating through this site will give you some pretty awesome perks. As promised, below is a sketch of what the front and back of the t-shirt will look like (T-Shrit Perk: a donation of $35 or more).