Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) can be important expedition equipment because they can help scientists explore and collect samples from deep sea locations. A ROV scientist directs the ROV from the surface vessel. The team ‘remote controls’ the ROV and the equipment on board, including sampling tools, using a joystick and computer. The ROV provides the operator with a video feed to a screen in the operations room, so that scientists can see what is happening in the deep sea.
For this activity you will need to demonstrate your ability to collect samples from the seafloor. The ROV is one of the ways that scientists can observe the deep ocean as well as collect samples for further analysis on the surface. You will need to show that you can successfully collect a range of deep sea samples using the activity below.
Pitch black deep sea
The deep ocean is pitch black, only lit by the lights of the ROV. Try doing this activity in the dark, using a head torch to see what’s going on.
ROV scientists are based on the surface ship and use a video feed to direct the ROV deep in the ocean. Replicate this by attempting the challenge in pairs. The person moving the objects is blindfolded, with an un-blindfolded helper directing their actions.
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