Learn science, technology, engineering and math skills to design and build your own remote-operated vehicle, then adapt it to monitor the water quality of Minnesota's rivers, lakes and streams. Solve scientific questions by designing and carrying out real experiments. Learn about biology by testing the water and observing nearby habitat. Learn about physics through buoyancy and electrical wiring.
Aquatic robotics was rolled out across the state as a new project in 2011.
The Clay County search team is working with the Red River Basin Commission to see if the ROVs can play a role in early detection and rapid response to invasion by zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species in the Red River Basin. Read the full article.
What you can do
Water is a finite natural resource whose quality and quantity must be preserved and protected.
Other online resources
For adult leaders
- 4-H and Aquatic Robotics, Journal of Extension
- Healthy Water, Healthy People (Project WET)
- Stream Monitoring Guide (University of Minnesota Water Resource Center)
- SeaPerch (Office of Naval Research)
Research about STEM education
Learn more in our research pages about teaching and learning science, technology engineering and math.