Malow underwater robotics team makes a splash with tournament award
Malow underwater robotics team makes a splash with tournament award
Posted on 03/16/2018
Students with trophies

A group of Malow Junior High School students are making a big splash in underwater robotics through the Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge. 

The team earned three top honors – including the tournament best overall rating - at the 10th annual Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge for Square One March 10 in Roseville. 

The eight-member team earned:

  • 1st Place Robot Performance (had the highest score of all 30 teams, across all three divisions)
  • 1st Place Engineering and Craftsmanship - Advanced Technology Division
  • 2nd Place Ambassadorship - Advanced Technology Division
“Our team is very excited to be part Robotics IVD Challenge this year,” said coach Curtis DeSaele.  “Participating in this event has sparked our students’ imagination and reasoning abilities to create vehicles that can effectively move underwater, providing them with practical application of their STEM classroom learning.”

The team is comprised of Katie Roy (CEO and Safety Officer), Angelo Asta (R&D Engineer), Jonas Rizek (Mechanical Engineer), Roger DeSaele (Reptile Specialist), Brady Hannon (Mechanical Engineer), Samantha Lewis (Computer Science), Alex McConkie (Marine Scientist), and Zack Pass (Structural Engineer). 

Square One’s Underwater IVD Challenge integrates STEM subjects into a tangible project. Students are provided with a fixed budget, deadline, basic kit and requirements for their innovative marine solutions prior to the event. During the competition, those underwater vehicles are evaluated based on design innovation, engineering and craftsmanship, performance, ambassadorship, presentation, enthusiasm and use of social media.

The Malow team will now compete in the state competition.