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Multimillion-dollar marine robot unveiled to students

The Remus 100 ROV was unveiled to Warwick Academy students at the school’s Marine Science Facility. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A multimillion-dollar marine research robot was unveiled to students at Warwick Academy this week at the school’s Marine Science Facility.

The students were introduced to the cutting-edge technology behind the Remus 100, a remotely operated vehicle which can capture underwater video footage, map fish numbers and identify individual ocean species as well as track currents, temperatures and topography to help in ocean conservation efforts.

Ocean Tech, a Bermudian-based charity borne out of the marine conservation TV series Ocean Vet, took the ROV to the school on Wednesday to show its Year 10 computer science students as well as the Year 9 science class how it operates.

Jane Vickers, the director of development at Warwick Academy, said: “We are grateful to Ocean Tech for bringing the Remus 100 to our Marine Science Facility today to show the students the technology and capability of the Remus.

“We are excited to continue to work with them and bring the Remus back over the coming months for the students to learn in a hands on, front line experience.

“This is a rare opportunity for our students to see a multimillion-dollar piece of Stem equipment in use and are most grateful for the partnership.

“All the equipment and how it operates is the cornerstone of Stem, which is a focus for Warwick Academy this year.”

Henrik Schroder, the president of off shore company Cerulean which owns the Remus 100 and joint founder of Ocean Tech, was present at the unveiling with his son Jonas, an intern at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.

Ocean Tech donors, including lead donors Lindos and PwC, gave grants that the charity is using to engage with public schools on the island, of which Warwick Academy is the first.

Mr Schroder said: “Our focus is very much supporting and enabling Stem education in Bermuda by providing students access to state of the art technology and digital tools.

“Ocean Tech’s remit is to support Stem education, both locally and internationally – locally by supporting middle and high schools, as well as research institutions such as Bios and the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.

“Warwick Academy, through its commitment to the ocean sciences via its wonderful Marine Science Facility, is ideally positioned to benefit from our grant-making.”.

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Published October 22, 2021 at 7:53 am (Updated October 22, 2021 at 7:33 am)

Multimillion-dollar marine robot unveiled to students

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