Students Rock Competitions Around the World

Students Rock Competitions Around the World

27 Jun 14

Rov LBCC students participated in international competitions in robotics and music, and launched rockets at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. You could too - check it out!

Oregon is the place to be for ocean engineering, says LBCC physics instructor and ROV team advisor Greg Mulder.  This is the seventh year LBCC’s Remote Operated Vehicle team, or ROV, has qualified to compete in the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center’s (MATE) annual international ROV competition, held this year at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan, June 26-28.

Students on the team come from a variety of majors including math, physics, computer science, engineering, health and human performance, and drafting. The team also relies heavily on technical writers, as one-third of the competitions score is based on written proof and statistics.

This year, the team place 8th out of 600 teams, competing against colleges and universities with ROV budgets of $50,000 or more. They also won the “Engineering Evaluation” part of the competition, scoring 99.6 points out of 100, and won the “Collaborative Spirit” award for their ability to help other teams with engineering and logistics problems.

The team worked all year to design and build a submersible robot, which they tested at nearby Osborn Aquatic Center pool. In 2013, the ROV team took 5th place, and got “Biggest Bang for the Buck” for creating an ROV made with parts from the 2012 vehicle and using only $1,500.

(photo: LBCC Rov team members work on the submersible for the competition.)

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RockOnHazel Betz, Ariel Stroh and Ashley Trout participated in NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia June 21-26. The three women, engineering, physics and mechatronics majors, participated in a RockOn workshop, where they helped build and launch a microcontroller-based instrumentation on a NASA rocket, sending it about 100km into space.

Students then retrieved the payload after it came back to earth, which was equipped with data-gathering instruments that the students programed before launch.

Parker Swanson, LBCC Computer Science faculty, accompanied the team as mentor. The trip was made possible through the Oregon Space Grant Consortium (OSGC), a NASA educational outreach program which is part of OSU, and of which LBCC is an affiliated higher-ed institution.

Ashley graduated in June with her associate's degree in Mechatronics. Hazel is working on a Physics transfer degree, and Ariel is working on an Industrial Manufacturing and Engineering transfer degree. (photo, left to right: Students Ashley Trout, Ariel Stroh and Hazel Betz at NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.)

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LBCC’s choirs took first, second and fourth place at the 8th World Choir Games, also known as the “Olympics for Choirs,” held in Riga, Latvia, July 9-19. Out of more than 500 choirs from 73 countries, LBCC's choirs, under the guidance of LBCC Choral Director Dr. James Reddan, were the only community college choirs in the US to qualify for the competition this year. LBCC's Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir was named best Mixed Chamber Choir, with a nearly perfect score. The 15-member Chamber Choir earned a gold certificate in the Musica Sacra A cappella category, and the 35-member Concert Choir finished fourth in the Musica Contemporanea category, earning a silver certificate.

LBCC students represented the US in three categories: Mixed Chamber Choirs, Musica Sacra a cappella, and Musica Contemporanea, adjudicated by an international jury. Students also attended workshops with composer Morten Lauridsen and the King Singers, and did a performance tour through Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia prior to arriving in Latvia. The students also participated in the parade of nations, which is televised nationally in Latvia.

LBCC's Music Program

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