Volume 4 2014
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Name That ROV


A long and proud tradition in nautical history calls for naming the vessels that ply fresh and salty waters. The Aquatic Sciences Center would be remiss if it didn’t also name its craft. Last year, the center’s Information Systems Engineer James Grandt put his skills to use and built an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from an open-source kit.

Now, it’s an open-call contest. This proud little craft needs a name. Send suggestions via email to linda@aqua.wisc.edu or through the U.S. Postal Service to the attention of Linda Campbell, Aquatic Sciences Center, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, Wis. 53706. Suggestions must be received by Jan. 31, 2015. All suggestions will be entered in a random drawing to win an annual pass to Wisconsin’s State Park System.

The ROV is a popular fixture at public events, including the annual Grandparents University at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Wisconsin Science Festival. ROVs can navigate to underwater places where human divers can’t and help gather photos and/or water samples.