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Aquatic Robotics

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.


three boys standing on lake shore with their remotely operated vehicles (ROVs)

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

There's No New Water

Water is a finite natural resource whose quality and quantity must be preserved and protected.

Other online resources

For adult leaders

Research about STEM education

Learn more in our research pages about teaching and learning science, technology engineering and math.

Record keeping & evaluation


New to 4-H? Get involved with the Aquatic Robotics project!

Patrick Jirik, Extension educator

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