Oakridge Robotics OpenROV

December 20 2016

With a grant funded OpenROV the Oakridge Robotics Junior High and High School students plan to build an OpenROV using their skills in creating autonomous and remote controlled vehicles from scratch.


Our mission: Oakridge is surrounded by the high Cascade Lakes that have not yet been explored. Stories of sunken ships, planes and even a logging train have yet to be explored. We plan to document our exploration and the things we learn along the way!

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December 20 2016

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Preparation Stage

Today Cale, the builder, had other obligations, so Nate is going make sure everything dry fits together. He is also going to double check every step throughout the process.

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Cale works hard today on precisely gluing, soldering, and zip tieing everything together. He is also using a heat gun to seal the ends of each wire that needs it to make sure it is water-proof.

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Through out our preparation stage we found a potential problem. On one of the motors we received the connecting wires would possibly break with any amount of flexing of the silicone wires. We would have just left it, but we did not want them to break later on. This would force us to disassemble the OpenROV to fix them. Our brainstormed solution to this problem was we decided to hot glue the wires to the motor for extra support. The first time we tried the glue did not adhere, but the second time we put more glue and held the glue gun for longer and it worked!

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Cale and Gavin work hard together to acrylic the pieces together. At this point they are working on the piece that the motor will mount onto.

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A select few students get to take on the challenge of building an OpenROV 2.8 kit given to the Oakridge School District Robotics class. They are very enthusiastic and excited about building the OpenROV. They are now just getting started opening the packages, reading instructions, and most of all brainstorming their ideas.


The Oakridge School District also has opportunities for students to learn how to dive and get their PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) scuba license. They have asked the Robotics class several months ago to video record their diving and processes of certification. Now we can fill there request because we were given a great opportunity to build this underwater rover. Before we received this grant we had no clue where to start when it came to underwater exploration. Many thanks to OpenROV!!!

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Expedition Background

The Oakridge Robotics Class has been building autonomous and remote controlled vehicles that are build from scratch with 3d printers (they have made from a gofundme.com donations from around the country) and recycled materials from our school district. Along the way students have learned so many valuable skills, not only about electronics and building, but how to problem solve.

OpenROV has graciously offered to help Oakridge Robotics secure a grant to get an OpenROV kit for the students to build. With the hundreds of lakes around our community still left to be explored I can only dream of the things they could possibly find with this underwater ROV, but even more importantly, theexperience and journey they will take to make this a reality!