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August 26, 2015

Area Schools Participating in ROV Demo Days at Great NY State Fair

Syracuse, NY. New York Sea Grant, the Great New York State Fair, and the Great Lakes Research Consortium have announced the schedule of in-water ROV Demo Days presented by four area school districts and SUNY Oswego at the 2015 Great New York State Fair.

The 10am to 4pm demonstrations are part of The Lakes of NY Over, Under, Around and Through, 21st Century Technologies Exhibits coordinated by New York Sea Grant with components on land and in the reflecting pool at the mini New York State Park at the Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY.

Middle and high school and college students have built remotely operated underwater vehicles, ROVs, to demonstrate in the reflecting pool as follows:

  • Monday, August 31: Vernon, Verona, Sherrill Central School

  • Tuesday, September 1: Chittenango Central School

  • Wednesday, September 2: Cicero North Syracuse Central School

  • Friday, September 4: Central Square Central School

  • Saturday, September 5: State University of New York at Oswego.

  • The students are using Sea Perch ROV kits developed with the Office of Naval Research which coordinates the science and technology programs of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators and robotics classes nationwide use the kits as educational tools.

    The students participating at the Great New York State Fair will maneuver the ROVs through an obstacle course in the reflecting pool with images transmitted to a large video screen in the exhibit tent.

    ‘These ROV Demo Days with the students provide Fair visitors a closeup look at technology and its practical application for understanding the unique water resources of New York State,’ said New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White, associate director of the Great Lakes Research Consortium, and coordinator of The Lakes of NY exhibit.

    Other components of the exhibit include the 2015 Discover Clean and Safe Boating education vessel equipped with a propane engine, a Great Lakes Research Consortium weather sensing buoy, and information on aerial drones being used by Buffalo State University for aquatic invasive species research in Western NY.

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