They dove and they swam – underwater robots that is!
On April 17th, we celebrated the completion of ITEP’s first Underwater Robotics Program. A total of 22 ninth graders from Banning High School completed the 8-week program that was funded by Phillips 66 and supported by the Pacific Battleship Center – Battleship USS Iowa.
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Students were divided into seven groups to construct their underwater robots, from concept to completion using SeaPerch kits. The program also included three, after-school field trips and one overnight trip at the Battleship USS Iowa. During the field trips, students learned about the naval history of battleships, tested their knowledge of the metric system, learned how to calculate ocean turbidity and depth, and explored marine radar. Keep in mind that these aspiring engineers are only in ninth grade!
I think that it’s an experience that I would’ve never gotten if I wasn’t in this particular program,” said Viviana Gallardo, freshman at Banning High School. . . . Actually having that hands-on experience instead of people just coming over and describing it, gave me more of a push to kinda look into majors aside from what I’m thinking of right now. I’m actually thinking about or looking into an engineering major.”
Viviana originally planned to study psychology, receive a PhD, and become a child psychologist. Her advice to future program participants: “Keep an open mind about engineering.”
ITEP would like to thank our sponsor and supporters (listed below) for their immense support. We look forward to creating more college and career dreams in STEM.
The Phillips 66 Team: Janet Grothe, Nancy Perez, and Michael Haworth
Mike Getscher and Joshua Stutz from the Pacific Battleship Center – Battleship USS Iowa
Banning High School Faculty & Administration: Principal Rudy Mendoza, Dominic Lackey, and Marci Lischer
Harbor Commissioner Anthony Pirozzi, Port of Los Angeles
Office of Councilman Joe Buscaino, City of L.A., District 15