A team of Taft high school students are trying to raise $11,000 to go to Newfoundland, Canada where a big international competition among remote operated vehicles UNDERWATER is being held this summer – by invitation only. The students from Taft grabbed first place in the Pacific Northwest Region for the Ranger class at a Coos Bay, sponsored by Oregon Coast STEM Hub. So they’re bound for Newfoundland for the three day international competition in late June.
The kids built and constructed systems that have ROV robots swimming around underwater doing all kinds of things – assembling underwater structures like scientific experiments and data gathering, mapping the ocean floors, measuring icebergs, re-arrange piping and pumps for deep sea oil rigs, among other exploratory operations.
But again, to get to the Newfoundland competition these students have to raise $11,000 for plane fare, lodging and everything else that goes with it. So they’re hoping the Taft area and the whole of Lincoln County will get behind them with donations – whatever can be afforded. To donate just contact Taft High School at 541-996-2115.