Held at NASA, USA, the 15th Annual International Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) organised by Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) between June 23 and 25, saw a team of Indian students from Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering, called Screwdrivers; the team won the Ahola team spirit award making the country proud.
'Screwdrivers' comprises students from different engineering branches, working on making of different machines. The team also conducts lectures and events at various colleges and schools to share their experience and encourage others. Further, the machines that they make is distributed among underprivileged people. "The team has been making different machines and doing social work for the past three years. So far, we have distributed 120 solar energy devices made by the team to the needy," said professor Sawankumar Naik, who guides the team.
Successful in reaching 67,000 people while conducting lectures, events and social work; the Screwdrivers also have done an event at city's Nehru Science Centre this year. Other than the social activities, the team has been participating in many competitions and won 9 awards till now. "These activities led them to get awarded with Ahola team spirit at NASA on June 25," said Naik.
"From the Gulf of Mexico to Jupiter's moon Europa: ROVs exploring inner and outer space" was the theme of the competition. The team presented an ROV that can travel and be deployed to Europa's deep oceans and can deploy instruments, recover critical equipment, collect and analyse oil samples and survey corals as well as carry out wellhead decommission and conversion.
Naik informed that the two cameras on the machine help monitor the ROV and perform tasks via robotic arms; he concluded: "The team took five months to make the ROV."
The event saw participation from as many as 69 teams from 10 countries.
ScooNews wishes the team a hearty congratulations!
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