North Broward Preparatory School - H2Obots
Team Name: H2Obots
Organization: North Broward Preparatory School
Competition Class: RANGER
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?
We were new to robotics and MATE, so when we started our underwater robotics team we thought about the name "waterbots" and this eventually led to H2Obots. We were in middle school and thought that this was the perfect name, and we ended up keeping it!
What word/phrase is most often heard when your team is working on your ROV?
"Failure is how you learn!"
Which job or thing your team has to do is the hardest? Why?
The most difficult job is constructing the tether for our ROV. It is hard to fit all the wires into the tether and it takes us hours to get them in! Afterwards are hands hurt and in previous seasons we have made mistakes (forgetting a wire, wrapping it too loose, etc.) in which case we had to redo it and it would take us the entire day to do, which was also very frustrating.
What is your team's go-to snack food(s)?
Papa John's Pizza & Dunkin Donuts
What was the most celebrated/happiest/best/epic moment of success making your ROV?
Our most celebrated moment was when we got our 3D printed mini ROV submarine to finally propel through the water during our practice. It took us very long to figure out why it wouldn't propel and instead would just spin in circles, but eventually we got it to work! Another great success was when our metal detectors finally worked correctly, lighting up the right color and detecting metal from a certain distance that was visible to us on the monitor.
What was your most memorable challenge/complete fail in building your ROV?
At the International competition, we had a rubber water bottle connected to an air pump to help our ROV float back to the surface while lifting the heavy objects from the floor of the pool. We were pumping the air pump vigorously as our adrenaline was rushing and we were running out of time, when all of a sudden we heard a big blast followed by a giant air bubble underwater. Our water bottle had burst because we pumped it too far in the middle of our run. We kind of just looked at each other and our parents up in the stands and froze for a few seconds because we hadn't planned for this situation. It was defeating, but immediately after we went straight to Walmart, bought a new one, and fixed it right back up before our presentation.
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?
Saving the coral reefs/sea turtles & collecting trash from bodies of water! Living in South Florida, these issues are very relevant for us and many of our team members aspire to work towards saving our marine life!
What innovation do you think would completely change how ROVs solve problems in the future?
Wireless control, so no limits due to the length of the tether.
If you could swap ROVs with any team – past or present – what team would it be?
If your team had/has one, what is your team’s “theme song”?
”Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen: