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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:48 pm

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Kids Make Robots at Summer Camp

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- When you went to summer

camp you probably did arts & crafts, hiking and things like that.

Well, things have changed! At the Feiro Marine Life Center's summer

camp, students build robots.

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Located in Port Angeles, Washington, directly on the waterfront you'll

find the Feiro Marine Life Center's ROV Explorers Camp. Here is where

you'll find one of the most innovative summer camps in the nation. At

ROV summer camp attendees learn how to make their own Remotely

Operated Vehicle (ROV), or, underwater robot, to explore marine

environments.

At the start of the camp, everyone is given a box with all the

materials needed to build an underwater robot. Students are taught

what each component is, how it works, and how to build their robot.

The 6th through 8th graders that attend the camp participate in ROV

construction, "missions" with their ROV in the pool to learn how to

operate it and its underwater cameras. Students work their way up to

the Big Event, which is to explore the sea floor in Port Angeles

Harbor. The harbor provides a real world environment where students

learn to improve their robot driving skills to cope with ocean

currents. As part of the exercise, each Robot Crew is asked to come up

with a question they have about the harbor, and then tasked with using

their ROV to discover the answer to that question.

This innovative program is also good example of how forward thinking

companies are contributing to help make them happen.  ROV Explorers

Camp is sponsored in part by National Wire & Cable who supplies

materials for the robots. National Wire is also the world's most

advanced manufacturer of sophisticated geophysical cables for oceanic

exploration. "It's a really great way to inspire the next generation

of marine scientist and get them excited about the field," says Jim

Wyle, CEO of National Wire. "It introduces kids to marine biology,

engineering and mechanics as a fun, engaging experience. We hope the

experience motivates them to continue to learn about it as they grow."

For more information about ROV Explorer Camp visit

http://feiromarinelifecenter.org/

National Wire & Cable 136 San Fernando Road Los Angeles CA 90031

Contact: John Rose 714-778-5336

SOURCE National Wire & Cable

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