Early College East students win national engineering competition

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:07 PM.

"Communication was a big part of it," said Alex Messmer, a co-designer and builder on the group’s electronics team. "Communication ties everything we were doing together."

Student Ben Fisher worked on programming, wiring and other parts of the device.

"I think that my favorite part was when I saw each part and each function coming together to make the ROV," he said. "I saw it as like a person, how the thrusters made it move and the cameras made it see."

Claudia Yllanes, who worked on the electrical side and assembly, said that she enjoyed seeing the project go from initial design plans to a real device.

"Actually seeing all of our planning become a physical, tangible item, at first it was like a cool idea and then we started seeing it doing things at that point," she said. "It was like, ‘Oh, this actually works.’ There were never any freak-out points where it wasn’t going to work at all."

The group had meetings on Tuesdays and Fridays each week and then added lunch meetings to work out the bugs of the ROV.

Ashley Mullikin, on the mechanical team, did research on ROVs and actually came up with the idea of having the craft be one that would operate under the water.

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