#2: See an ROV in Action!

Countdown to Open House: one day!

Researcher Bob Zook (orange) shows of SCINI at last year's Open House.  This year, come see SCINI actually get in the water!
Researcher Bob Zook (orange) shows of SCINI at last year’s Open House. This year, come see SCINI actually get in the water!

How would you study the ocean in Antarctica that is covered in ice?  How about building a robot that can explore the frigid water that you cannot!  That’s excatly what the Benthic Lab at MLML has done with their SCINI, the “skinny” robot that could!   SCINI is an ROV, or Remotely Operated Vehicle, and it’s name stands for  “Submersible Capable of under Ice Navigation and Imaging.”   SCINI can help scientists take pictures of marine organisms living in a pretty inhospitable place.

At this year’s Open House, you will the rare treat of watching this ROV in action!  Come see how scientists drive and maneuver this robot in the water to help them do their research.  Plus, it will be a lot warmer than a field day in Antarctica!

For more information about SCINI, read Kyle Reynold’s blog post, visit the SCINI research website, and check out SCINI and MLML researchers featured on the Today Show!

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