MASS members built several remote underwater vehicles (RUVs), or submersibles from basic materials found from hardware and electronic supply stores. The club ended up with two completely functional RUVs and control boxes. Each RUV can submerge, surface and travel up to 50 feet away from the operator. The operator controls each RUV by a control box connected to the RUV with a 50-foot Ethernet cable.
This project was the first major project by the Math and Science Club. In the future, the club would like to add a video camera and possibly some sensors to the RUVs that would allow A.C. Jones High School Aquatics classes to run tests at various water depths. Next year, the club plans to make several solar panels and would also like to perform some rocketry experiments in conjunction with the Academic Decathlon’s curriculum on the U.S.-Soviet space race.
JHS students who are interested in joining the Math and Science Society and working on these or other projects next year should contact the club’s president, Emily Barris, or one of the club’s sponsors, Mr. Hanus or Mr. Barris.