Deep diving into the challenge

The Information Technology (IT) students at St Patrick’s Technical College already have their feet wet in the Subs in Schools Technology Challenge™.

As part of their Cross-Disciplinary Studies subject, the Year 11 & 12 students have been enthusiastic in designing their builds of a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV). These vehicles will ultimately be operated by students in order to complete a variety of underwater tasks.

Students build an ROV using a variety of materials they have recommended in their designs. Teams are also responsible for creating relevant accompanying portfolios documenting sponsorship details, designs, journals, marketing, and overall project management.

The IT students are fortunate to be mentored by Saab Australia engineers, Daniel Pace and Jared Bouchier. These two remarkable challenge representatives have stepped into the classroom to assist the students each fortnight in understanding the complexities of underwater design, electronics and mathematics. The world’s first in-class submarine design competition provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with industry and to foster their STEM learning.

Competition isn’t until August, but there is plenty of work to be done in the lead-up. Our students are being championed with incredible industry support and engagement.