Sanctuary to host ROV open house Dec. 16

ALPENA — This December families have another chance to work on science skills.

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will have another ROV open house from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Maker’s Space at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena.

The event is open to children and families who are interested in the construction of ROVs.

“Families are invited to build an ‘ROV in a box’ and practice piloting the vehicle in the sanctuary’s makerspace indoor tank,” sanctuary Media Outreach Coordinator Stephanie Gandulla stated in a press release.

An ROV is an underwater remotely operated vehicle and is a key component of the sanctuary’s educational programs. It helps focus on basic science, technology, engineering and mathematics, she said.

During the open house people can learn how to form a scout level team for the Great Lakes Regional MATE robotics competition in Alpena.

“Building ROVs with young people is a great way to introduce marine technology career paths, and it’s also a fun free way to spend a Saturday during the holidays,” Gandulla said.