Underwater Robotics Program

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Dive deep into underwater robotics at Shedd Aquarium! A suite of programs introduces teachers and students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles through the development and application of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to investigate aquatic environments. The Underwater Robotics Club provides educators with the knowledge, materials (an ROV kit worth of $1,000) and support to run their own after-school robotics clubs. The program ends with a fun-filled poolside event for teachers and students to test their ROVs. Then, Shedd holds the annual Shedd Midwest Regional Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) ROV Competition, open to middle and high school underwater robotics clubs. For more information about the competition, please visit www.marinetech.org.

The Underwater Robotics Club is generously funded, in part, by The Motorola Solutions Foundation and by The Best Buy Foundation.


Registration for the 2018-2019 club is now closed.

Age and Requirements

High school teachers, middle school teachers and homeschool leaders. Students must be currently in grades 6 through 12.

Program Dates

* First teacher PD: October 6, 2018
* Second teacher PD: January 19, 2019
* Club Event: March 30, 2019
* MATE Regional Competition: April 27, 2019
* ROV Field Trip Day: May 18, 2019

Program Cost

First year applicants:
- CPS Clubs: Free
- Non-CPS Clubs: $250

*For Shedd Midwest Regional MATE ROV Competition fees, please visit marinetech.org.



The Underwater Robotics Club Program includes an ROV kit with supplies and tools worth an estimated $1,000, ROV curricula, teacher/club leader training, club support and the club event (including bus funding, t-shirts and lunch).


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I feel like I know now what to expect for college when I try to be an engineer.

- Junior from Westinghouse College Prep

What past participants say

This experience was wonderful! My students got so much out of it. Thank you for all the PDs with the Shedd and the resources provided.

- Middle school club leader


I can't wait until my younger children are old enough to be involved.

- Parent of an elementary school ROV club member