UNDERSEA TECHNOLOGY APPRENTICE PROGRAM (UTAP) 2015
JULY 20 THROUGH AUGUST 7, 2015
UTAP is a “Hands-On” Engineering Session offered for Middletown, Portsmouth and Tiverton High School students.
The program consists of 4 hour per day sessions for three weeks
It is a team-based learning experience integrating high school-level science, technology and engineering and mathematics with inquiry-based engineering design activities, college-level lectures on electrical engineering, motor control theory and computer programming, hands-on circuit construction and troubleshooting.
- Week 1 – consists of topics including buoyancy, physics, Lenz’ and Ohm’s Laws, electrical circuit design, and characteristics of materials. Students learn construction techniques, soldering and troubleshooting skills using standard engineering practices. Students will work, collaborate and use critical thinking in team environments and be called upon to maintain engineering notebooks, practice communications skills, problem analysis, and testing.
Some Photos from Day 1 (July 20, 2015)
July 21, 2015 Photos
UTAP Forms Their Teams
Integrated Teams from the four school were formed as project teams.
UTAP Graduation August 7, 2015
and to the Winners
- Weeks 2 and 3 – consists of advanced hands-on and lecture-based activities and applications including sophisticated computer and motor-diver circuit construction and troubleshooting, computer programming, open-ended undersea robot design, analog signal processing, acoustic sensors and programmable thrust control.
- Team competition – All UTAP Sessions culminate in a team competition event that involves robot performance and engineering evaluations.
Key Presenting Participants
- Undersea Science and Engineering Foundation (engineers and scientists)
- Area teachers
- support from Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport Education Outreach Staff (Engineers, scientists and computer programmers)
The UTAP 2015 Design Challenge Scenario
The participants will be working with the following scenario
- In late June 2013, a Japanese container ship encountered rough sea off the coast of Yemen. It broke into two sections and some containers fell overboard.
- Most of the lost containers have sunk to the ocean floor
- Some of the lost goods are high value. made of rare materials or are unique
- The Corporation has decided to hold a robot design workshop to decide if it is technically to mount a salvage operation.
Hand-picked teams of robot designers will be commissioned to research, brainstorm, construct, document, test and demonstrate designs for robots capable of searching for and retrieving cargo containers such as were lost.
Robot designs will be ranked based on:
- Robot performance (50%)
- Independent engineering panel review of team engineering reports (50%)
UTAP 2015 CHALLENGE TASKS
Design and build a remotely-operated unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) with tools and remote operator controls capable of:
- Locating the debris field using video from on-board camera
- Identify and map wreckage containers
- Read submerged retrieval instructions
- Retrieve specified cargo containers from the wreckage
- Return to the surface recovery area
Design Challenge Prototype
WHAT IS EXPECTED?
- Become part of an engineering team, apply and expand your knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) (English and Art creativity, too)
- Be cost conscious: Vehicle cost is an important element in determining the feasibility of the recovery operation. Teams will be given budgets and be asked to document their expenses. (A”Company Store” will be run where parts and materials can be purchased)
- Exercise your critical thinking, social interaction and communication skills; learn about the undersea environment, share ideas, try new things and think like a robot.
- Design, construct and document and document an unmanned underwater vehicle with recovery mechanisms capable of conducting remotely operated underwater maneuvers and operations. This vehicle must be capable of locating, identifying, and recovering missing cargo containers using robot-mounted camera equipment.
- HAVE FUN!!!
KEY AND IMPORTANT FACTS
- Who is UTAP 2015 for? Middletown, Portsmouth and Tiverton High School Students
- How Many Students Are Participating?: 20 Students selected for Session 2
- When is it? 12 noon Monday through Friday July 20 through August 7, 2015
- Where is it? Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, Building 80 Undersea Collaboration and Technology Outreach Center
- Why? This is an educational outreach initiative of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center conducted in partnership with the Undersea Science and Engineering Foundation, Inc. (This session is made possible through the generosity of the Van Beuren Charitable Foundation.
- Compensation? Session Stipend: Students will receive $750. (Must attend all days to qualify)
THE BOTTOM LINE
You will be a vital member of a small engineering team throughout this session. Your team will need your PRESENCE and PARTICIPATION every day of this intense session.