Tiyan High School - Tethys, Inc.
Team Name: Tethys, Inc.
Organization: Tiyan High School
Competition Class: RANGER
Company Spec Sheet (2019)
Our team has won the Guam Regional competition for Scout in 2018 and Navigator in 2019. We spectated the world championships in Kingsport and learned from the experience. This year would have been the first time Guam has offered the Ranger class and our team's first time competing in the world championship if we had continued our streak and won.
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?
When we first established Tethys Inc. , we wanted to name the company relating to our school mascot: Titans. The obvious answer was Oceanus, Titan of the Sea, but that name was taken by our senior team. We decided to go with Tethys Inc, because Tethys is the Titaness of freshwater and wife of Oceanus.
What word/phrase is most often heard when your team is working on your ROV?
"BENJAMIN" - the name of our youngest team member.
Which job or thing your team has to do is the hardest? Why?
Electronics and programming is the most difficult because our members have little knowledge in those areas. Handling the electronics is particularly risky because it requires the utmost care. Especially with our limited supply of components, we cannot afford to mess up too many times.
What is your team's go-to snack food(s)?
Whatever snacks are stashed in our advisor's room.
What was the most celebrated/happiest/best/epic moment of success making your ROV?
The best moment in building our ROV was when our Arduino temperature sensor and metal detector was successfully completed. This was our first time using microcontrollers and building sensors from scratch.
What was your most memorable challenge/complete fail in building your ROV?
The most memorable complete fail occurred at the 2019 regional competition where the connection for our secondary camera broke and we had no time nor supplies to fix it, so we had to pilot with only the primary camera.
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?
More themes relating to preserving coral reefs.
What innovation do you think would completely change how ROVs solve problems in the future?
Biomimicry and extended wireless transmission.
If you could swap ROVs with any team – past or present – what team would it be?
We are not sure but it would be interesting to try out another team’s awesome creation
If your team had/has one, what is your team’s “theme song”?
"Under Pressure" by Queen: