Museum of Science Fiction to Hold Deep Ocean Research and Robotics Competition 2016
Washington, DC (Oct. 25, 2016) – The Museum of Science Fiction, the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, is announcing a Deep Ocean Research and Robotics educational competition open to high school students around the world. The winning proposals will be funded, built, and launched, with data collected from the mission being shared with schools and research organizations for analysis.
"Teams will have to make an academically rigorous proposal that addresses everything from the technical details of their submersible robots to the parameters of its research mission and criteria for success," said Liz Taylor president of DOER Marine and a member of the jury committee. "Winning teams will be selected using a number of factors, but innovation will be a major consideration, so we hope to see some new designs from our young future scientists and engineers." Registration for the competition opens on November 1, 2016, and teams have until March 15, 2017 to submit their proposals. Winners will be announced on or about May 15, 2017 with an awards ceremony at the Museum's Escape Velocity conference at the
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC on September 2, 2017.
"Deep sea exploration share many things in common with space exploration," said Mason Peck, Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and member of the Museum of Science Fiction's Board of Advisors. "In fact, astronauts train in water to simulate the zero-gravity environment of space. Competition participants will need to overcome many of the same technical challenges with deep ocean submersibles that also apply to satellite systems operating in space."
For a full list of contest rules and eligibility requirements, please visit:www.museumofsciencefiction.org/deepocean
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