Ozaukee Robotics team t-shirt slogan “Houston... We don't have a problem,” held true throughout this year’s 2016 Marine Advanced Technology Education international ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Competition. This year’s competition was held June 23-25 at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston Texas.
The team took first place in the Ranger class which consisted of 39 teams representing 11 different countries around the world. The team had the highest overall score of 567 points out of a possible 610. Ozaukee Robotics also won awards for the highest pool mission score of 290 out of 320 possible points and the “Biggest Bang for the Buck” award for spending the least amount of money on a vehicle that performs well.
The team says that one of the most exciting parts of the international competition is meeting all the teams in attendance and seeing their ROVs. Additionally, being at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab was exciting as the team got to meet NASA personnel and see the full scale mockup of the International Space Station in the pool. Team members included Josh Vogt, Joseph Ceranski, Nick Marz, Connor Freiburger, Zach Wagner, Hannah Bell, Hannah Nordby, Jarrod Bares, and team mentor Randy Vogt. The team enjoyed the competition and looks forward to competing next year.