Levels and Grades

Teachers and schools are encouraged to implement learning processes that work within their own educational environment.  There are four levels available in the program.  A school may implement one or more levels depending on how they choose to design the program.  When entering the competition, you will need to ensure there is compliance with the eligibility criteria. Some levels of the competition, such as Level 2 Large ROV, support a Development and a Professional class.

Each level of the program is designed not to be prescriptive in terms of implementation. Each level allows students to explore ever-increasing levels of complexity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Materials, Manufacturing, Art, Communication & Collaboration, with limitless learning potential.

Level 1: Mini ROV (years 5-7)

Designed as an introduction to STEM and underwater vehicle operation.  The task is to build and operate a Mini ROV, with the focus on learning the principles of buoyancy, propulsion and control.  Small ROV model kits, together with instructions, are made available to the schools.

Level 2: Large ROV design and construction (years 6 – 10)

Involving a  larger component of design and construction, students are required to build a larger scale ROV, able to undertake specific underwater tasks and support ancillary items such as cameras and robot arms. At this level the students will be required to extend their understanding of the maths and science involved in underwater operation and robotic control.

There are two sub-classes within this category:

  1. Development Class: Students in years 5-9 only build their ROV from a standard development class kit. Students must focus on buoyancy, performance and the addition of cameras and devices that allow them to pick up objects during the trials.
  2. Professional Class: Professional class is an open design category where the students in years 7-12 have the freedom to design and build their own ROV in compliance with the Technical Regulations.

Level 3: 3D Spatial Design (years 7-11)

The task is to form a virtual design company, which will make a bid for the design of an accommodation space for a future submarine project. The students will need to demonstrate the design in a virtual reality environment.  This level is suited to schools who do not have a significant workshop facility.

Level 4: Design an Operational Submarine (years 9-12)

Students take on the design of an operating scale submarine. The task is to form a new design company with 3-5 students to design and build a new remotely operated submarine. The submarine must work within an operating environment defined by a set of rules.