Early College East students win national engineering competition

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Delian One designers and builders from Early College East Engineering Club in Havelock recently won first place in the Phoenix Contact Nanoline Competition. The group is now headed to Germany in April to present their project. Pictured, from left are Ashley Mullikin, Claudia Yllanes, Ben Fisher, Alex Messmer, advisor/coach John Ebright, and Aaron Nasser. Seated is their project team leader, Thomas Munday.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:07 PM.

Students in the engineering club of Early College East in Havelock designed and built a device to explore the underwater world.

And because of that, they’ll get to explore another part of the world above the water.

The group of students won first place in a national engineering competition and will be heading to Germany in April to show their project at the world’s largest industrial fair.

The six students traveled to Harrisburg, Pa., for the Phoenix Contact Nanoline Competition on Feb. 16 and took first place. This is the third year they have been in the prestigious competition and the first time they came home with the top prize. They placed third last year.

The students had spent the past seven months designing and constructing a remote operating vehicle they called Delian One.

"It is an underwater robot primarily for underwater exploration," said Thomas Munday, team leader and head designer. "We really wanted to be able to explore the water since we lived by the coast."

Roughly the size of a milk crate, the Delian One is made of polycarbonate tubing, an aluminum frame and various other parts to make it buoyancy neutral. It is joined by a 25-foot tether that controls the ROV’s activity in the water as well as the device’s camera functions.

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