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Hawaii Students Explore Undersea Volcanoes With Robotics

Teams of local middle and high school students competed with underwater robots that they designed and built. On the University of Hawaii at Hilo Student Life Center Pool, students utilized their underwater robots, known as remotely-operated automobiles to navigate the precarious terrain of active undersea volcanoes in a mock setting.

This years competition theme was undersea volcanoes and the part that ROVs play in their science and exploration. The focus of the competitors missions is the Lo'ihi seamount, an active undersea volcano rising more than 3,000 meters above the seafloor, situated off the coast with the Big Island.

Finishing first location and second place general respectively in todays competitors, college students from Hilo Higher College and Highlands Intermediate College Team 2 earned the correct to compete with teams from all more than the world in an international contest, which will also be held on the University of Hawaii at Hilo, June 24-26. Highlands Intermediate School Group 1 completed as the first runner-up general.

Robotics engages college students in science, technology, engineering and math education and provides them using the teamwork, essential thinking and problem- solving skills they have to compete in the 21st century workplace.

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