Lake Quinault ROV Project
During the 2016-2017 school year, Mr. Michael Kenney, a teacher with the Lake Quinault School District, attended a professional development workshop sponsored by NOAA and the University of Washington.  During this workshop, the international Remotely Operated Vehicles or ROVs competition was proposed and offered for extension to the Olympic Peninsula in the form of a regional competition. ROV competitions are use to teach science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and are used to help prepare students for technical careers.  It was determined that the first ever Olympic Peninsula ROV competition would be held in Forks Washington the following spring. Team members were required to write an essay explaining why they were interested in joining the ROV team, what skills they brought to the team and the commitment level they were willing to provide.  In addition, each team member was required to have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to remain on the team. 

As part of the ongoing project/class, the Grays Harbor MRC provided funding to restock ROV kits for yearly participants.  With GH MRC support, students were able to participate in annual competitions.  During the competition in the spring of 2019, students participated in 2 classes.  In the Scout and the Navigator Classes.  The Lake Quinault School District (LQSD) rookie Scout Team, R.O. Sharks, took 1st place and received awards for Top Poster, Design Elegance and Professional Presentation.  The 3rd year team, The Megs, also took 1st place in the Navigator Class.  All LQSD teams won a special award called The Ripple Effect Award.  This award is presented for working to help recruit new school districts to participate in competitions and help get new programs off the ground.   

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