Valley Christian High School - WarriorTides


Team Name: Warrior Tides

Organization: Valley Christian High School

Competition Class: RANGER

Regional: Northern California - Monterey

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Special Information:

Our team is currently working with Professor Jules Jaffe at UCSD to create two outreach ROV that could potentially help scientists examine marine life.

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?

Our team went back and forth between two options: WarriorTides and Third Day (the day that God creates the sea in the bible). In the end, we chose WarriorTides because it incorporated our school mascot and it sounded 'fierce'.

What word/phrase is most often heard when your team is working on your ROV?

"Where the heck is Ansel?" (Ansel is our CEO and knows everything)

Which job or thing your team has to do is the hardest? Why?

During our first year, our team struggled the most with waterproofing. On the day of the competition, after our first product demo, we noticed that there was condensation on the inside of our electronic enclosure. In order to prevent the water from damaging our electronics, we stuffed a pad inside it and hoped for the best.!

What is your team's go-to snack food(s)?

Our teammates always drink Boba.

What was the most celebrated/happiest/best/epic moment of success making your ROV?

A week before our competition our team realized that our camera enclosure was printed with nonwaterproof filaments, so our team had to engineer a foolproof new camera enclosure in the span of a week. Somehow our talented engineers fashioned a new enclosure without leaks using material lying around our lab.

What was your most memorable challenge/complete fail in building your ROV? 

Due to a series of scheduling conflicts, much of our team was unable to work on the ROV. A week before the competition our team still didn't have a functional ROV. Many team members stayed late trying to finish the ROV and managed to get it done right before the competition. This year however we made sure that all of our teammates had involvement in the building of our ROV. We ended up finishing the ROV 2 months prior to the competition. However, we, unfortunately, did not get to debut our new ROV.

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?

Our team would love to see a theme relating to Super-reefs. More specifically, a challenge that requires us to autonomously locate and identify super reefs by taking a skeletal core sample.

What innovation do you think would completely change how ROVs solve problems in the future?

We believe that the addition of longer-lasting batteries will be an ROV game changer. With batteries with longer life spans, ROVs will no longer need tethers and can, therefore, travel to deeper areas without being worried about the tether.

If you could swap ROVs with any team – past or present – what team would it be?

We would love to trade ROVs with Amno and Co. Though we are very proud of our own ROV the Amno and Co ROV is incredibly ingenuitive and sophisticated.

If your team had/has one, what is your team’s “theme song”?

The intro and outro to the Movie Spare Parts: