Category Archives: PATHS

ITEP Students Dive Into STEM with Underwater Robots

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.

IMG_8008

ITEP students from Banning High School’s first Underwater Robotics Program show off their robots to family and guests during their Culmination Ceremony at the USS Iowa in San Pedro, CA.

Check out more photos from the Culmination Ceremony here and don’t forget to LIKE our Facebook Page. 

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!

First adventure aboard the USS Iowa in San Pedro, CA. Students received an overview of the history of the battleship and tested their knowledge of the metric system.

First adventure aboard the USS Iowa in San Pedro, CA. Students received an overview of the history of the battleship and tested their knowledge of the metric system.

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.”

Mike Haworth, an engineer from Phillips 66, helped students improve their robot assembly by providing tips on waterproofing and soldering for underwater operation.

Mike Haworth [RIGHT], an engineer from Phillips 66, helped students improve their robot assembly by providing tips on waterproofing and soldering for underwater operation.

During their second field trip to the USS Iowa, ITEP students learned how to calculate two of the most important nautical measurements: ocean turbidity and depth.

During their second field trip to the USS Iowa, ITEP students learned how to calculate two of the most important nautical measurements: ocean turbidity and depth.

During their third field trip, ITEP students were introduced to the world of radar - how radar is used on ships, as well as during battle. The field trip also included exclusive access to the Command Engagement Center, where war plans were once created.

During their third field trip, ITEP students were introduced to the world of radar – how radar is used on ships, as well as during battle. The field trip also included exclusive access to the Command Engagement Center, where war plans were once created.

ITEP students test their underwater robots at Banning High School.

ITEP students test their underwater robots at Banning High School.

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Banning High School, Maritime Scholars, PATHS