MATE ROV Competitors design low-cost ventilators

What an awesome use for budding robotics skills in this pandemic:

The COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly disrupted formal education for millions of students, including many who participate in the MATE ROV competitions. Grant Kahl and Eric Love are two former members of Kepler Enterprises who stayed connected with their MATE ROV competition teammates when they were forced to return home from college. All 10 members of Kepler Enterprises got together to create a self-directed project-based learning experience that no instructor or classroom could replicate.

businessinsider.com 30jun20

Underwater live-streaming to classrooms

It was so thrilling to share live video from inside (literally!) the Merimbula Wharf Aquarium with local Primary School students in their classrooms.

https://vimeo.com/433240328

There were lots of great questions from students about aquarium residents, like the Blue Grouper, Port Jackson sharks, and puffer fish – all expertly answered by Sally. We also spotted Adam still hard at work even though the Aquarium was closed.

This clip shows simultaneous video streamed from a BlueROV2 (main screen) and a Fifish V6 (inset screen).

Can’t wait to go back!

Australia’s Ocean Odyssey on ABC

Check out the amazing series on the ABC exploring the East Australian Current and its impact on eastern Australia:

Official Trailer | Australia's Ocean Odyssey: A Journey Down The East Australian Current – Starts Tuesday 9 June 8.30pm

If the ocean is the blue heart of the planet, then the currents are like the veins and arteries that just flow around the world.Australia's Ocean Odyssey starts Tuesday June 2 on ABC TV and ABC iview

Posted by ABC Central Victoria on Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tuesdays 8:30pm AEST on ABC and iview, starting June 9

Aerial Reef-Mapping Technology

Amazing technological advances out of Arizona State University mean that coral reefs can be mapped at a rate of 250,000 acres a day, and at resolution of 4 centimeters!

Full article at: NYTimes 10jun19

CORAL BIODIVERSITY (Images by Greg Asner, Arizona State University Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science, Courtesy of The New York Times)