Grant Recipients


Robotic Video Reef Observations project

Marco Island Academy is a public charter high school, serving grades 9-12 in Naples Florida. The six-acre campus serving grades 9-12, is in close proximity to the Florida Everglades and surrounded by natural wetlands, mangroves, and waterways. MIA has a STEM focus in ocean related topics and has been active in the MATE ROV underwater robotics competition.

Under the direction of science and engineering instructor, Mr. Frank Wood, MIA students constructed an artificial reef near a local boat dock.

The Great Blue Challenge grant will allow the placement of remote-controlled, networked video cameras around the student-constructed reef. The cameras will enable students to stream the development of this new habitat live and will provide an instructional benefit, not only to Mr. Wood’s engineering and robotic students, but also to other students within the school, and to students in classrooms worldwide. MIA teachers will be able to project the live reef environment to their classrooms and structure exciting activities around it; the MIA engineering classes will be able to complete their instructional requirements experiencing the challenges of robotic solutions; and, schools around the world will be able to participate in the projects benefits in their own classrooms. MIA expects the project to provide meaningful instructional activities for years.