O'Donel High School - OD-4D
Team Name: OD-4D
Organization: O'Donel High School
Competition Class: RANGER
Regional: Newfoundland & Labrador
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?
OD-4D has been the team name for O'Donel High School Robotics for many generations of the team. The 'OD' stands for the school initials (O'Donel), and the 4D stands for the company's Operating Principles: Design, Develop, Demonstrate, Deploy (4 x D).
What word/phrase is most often heard when your team is working on your ROV?
Which job or thing your team has to do is the hardest? Why?
Crossing the US Canada border with robotic equipment, electronics, tools, and other gadgets has often caused many issues in customs. There have been countless International Competitions where we open up our suitcases in the hotel with a damaged chassis, monitor, payload, etc. Things tend to become a bit of a 12 hour scramble after that.
What is your team's go-to snack food(s)?
Waffles from the lobby of the Kingsport Red Roof Inn
What was the most celebrated/happiest/best/epic moment of success making your ROV?
We had spent a couple hours frustrated with our thrusters for not working, even opening everything up to see if there was a wired issue. Turns out the USB on our topside control had fallen out during transport. That was pretty victorious for everyone (albeit a bit irritating) once everything suddenly came to life.
What was your most memorable challenge/complete fail in building your ROV?
The Micro ROV. Hands down. Our finished product one week before our regional competition was a tube stuffed with wiring. Where was the rest, you may ask? Amazon.com
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?
SOURCE WATER REMEDIATION FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES!!!! MATE absolutely needs to address the topic of Indigenous drinking water and the scientific principles that go with it. This is a global CRISIS and it is not only relevant/topical, but also super meaningful and personal to so many. It is scientific AND societal!
What innovation do you think would completely change how ROVs solve problems in the future?
The not-so-distant future developments into artificial intelligence will have a colossal impact on ROV efficiency. Self monitoring and mitigation for potential problems mid-voyage will allow fewer crew members to operate a single ROV, and can also prevent costly damages. With deep dives, camera and lighting issues can be resolved through artificial imaging, in which a computer can generate visuals for the environment based on sensor detection, providing a clear feed for the pilot.
If you could swap ROVs with any team – past or present – what team would it be?
Eastern Edge. We could use their beast of a bot, and they could use our box of HDPE. Shout out to our fellow Newfoundlanders.
If your team had/has one, what is your team’s “theme song”?
”Splish Splash” by Bobby Darin: