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Students learn underwater robotics from Navy at Stennis

(Photo source: NASA) (Photo source: NASA)

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, MS (WLOX) - Twenty-one students are taking part in this year's Astro STARS camp at Stennis Space Center. Tuesday the students participated in an underwater robotics exercise with the Navy.

Astro STARS (Spaceflight, Technology, Astronomy & Robotics @ Stennis) is a new science and technology camp for 13-15 year olds. It is designed and taught by the Stennis Astro Camp and Education team and involves students in hands-on experiences in a variety of subjects, including robotics.

The underwater robotics exercise involved Sea Perch robots, which are simple, remotely operated underwater vehicles made from PVC pipe and other inexpensive, easily available materials. The Sea Perch Program allows students to build underwater robots for various research activities.

Ian Tonglet, 13, and Seth Malley, 13, both of Picayune are taking part in the week-long program.

The boys put the robots they built to the test with underwater maneuvers to collect plastic rings.

Astro STARS is designed to give students hands-on experiences and inspire them study and pursue careers in robotics, engineering, marine sciences and related fields.

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