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King Middle School Students Use Tech to Explore Invasive Species

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    Alexis Margolin

Last year, seventh graders at King Middle School in Portland, ME were asked by the Department of Education to build submersible, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) in order to investigate invasive aquatic plants. Their final products, 35 ROVs were built using the same process used by professionals in the field.

At the end of the project, the students wrote a formal qualitative research report outlining the successes, struggles and findings from their project. Porensky said as far as she knew, it was the first report of its kind done by middle school students.

“This is the most authentic work I’ve ever seen students do,” Porensky said.

Read more about King Middle School’s water robots and what the students discovered as a result of their expedition in this piece in the Forecaster.

Seventh-graders built 35 submersible, remotely operated vehicles to investigate invasive aquatic plants for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).