German Swiss International School - Porpoise
Team Name: Porpoise
Organization: German Swiss International School
Competition Class: RANGER
Regional: Hong Kong
What were the other options for your team’s name? If there was only ever the one option for your name, what is the origin of your team’s name?
Sea Kittens; we always wanted a team name related to animals but chose Porpoise at the end since they’re so cute, smart and playful. We think that summarises the key qualities of our team well.
What word/phrase is most often heard when your team is working on your ROV?
"I don’t get it. Why doesn’t it work?”
Which job or thing your team has to do is the hardest? Why?
Troubleshooting and fixing the electronic components of the robot. We found it particularly hard and frustrating to bounce back from failures and evaluate our systems when the robot was working fine a week ago.
What is your team's go-to snack food(s)?
Oreos and pizzas (only food that delivers to our school)
What was the most celebrated/happiest/best/epic moment of success making your ROV?
When we managed to pick up Dive Sticks repeatedly from our pool using our gripper last winter in less than 20 seconds.
What was your most memorable challenge/complete fail in building your ROV?
Our robot broke down on the first day of the Regional competition. A short circuit in the power cable led to many other problems - after an entire day of rewiring and troubleshooting, the robot still didn’t work. It wasn’t until the next morning at 7am that we got the whole robot working. We had to rush to the competition to do our first run.
What "theme" – the scientific or physical problem to be addressed with an ROV task – would you most like to see included in future competition missions?
Plastic waste in oceans - picking up and collecting plastic waste.
What innovation do you think would completely change how ROVs solve problems in the future?
Ability to deploy 10+ mini-robots controlled by the main robot.; Batteries that can last for days.
If you could swap ROVs with any team – past or present – what team would it be?
CityU (Hong Kong) - their robot has been a huge inspiration for us when we first started and we actually started underwater robotics in the adventurer category after participating in their workshop. They’ve helped us a lot since we were 12!
HKUST has also had some amazing robots that we could aspire to!
If your team had/has one, what is your team’s “theme song”?
”Under Pressure” by Queen: