Western Sierra Charter Schools - Black Stingrays


Team Name: Black Stingrays

Organization: Western Sierra Charter Schools

Competition Class: SCOUT

Regional: Northern California - Monterey

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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 only ever had another option which was “Muscular Muscles.” But Cooper got stung by a stingray which is why we came about with the name, “Black Stingrays.”

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?

Soldering the terminal blocks to the PCB. They fell out several times, so we had to resolder them. Therefore, the rubber melted off and we had to completely replace the terminal blocks.

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

Homemade lunchables and Chex Mix are snacks we all really enjoy.

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

We were very proud when we completed the ROV 3 weeks before pool day!

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

We unfortunately haven’t completed the manipulators. Redoing the terminal block SEVERAL times was very frustrating, also.

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?

We’d appreciate for people to stop littering to help reduce pollution in the ocean. That is one of the main problems in the ocean.

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

A scanner to view where microplastics are located would be very helpful.

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

Team Squid Ink’s ROV frame is really unique and they have a couple of years of experience in the ROV program. It would be helpful to know more about ROV, since this is our first year.

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

"We're the Stingrays" by Nathaniel Shkaruba (no video available)