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Students Rock Summer at Competitions Around the World

Students Rock Summer at Competitions Around the World

27 Jun 14

RovSummer rocked for LBCC students participating in international competitions in robotics and music, and launching rockets at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Oregon is the place to be for ocean engineering, says LBCC physics instructor and ROV team advisor Greg Mulder. That said, this is the 7th 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. This year, the team place 8th out of 600 international 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 99.6/100, and the “Collaborative Spirit” award for their ability to help other teams with engineering and logistics problems.(photo: LBCC Rov team members work on the submersible for the competition.)

The team worked all year to design and build a submersible robot, which they tested at nearby Osborn Aquatic Center pool. 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. 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. Read more in the Commuter news story: Check out the MATE web site at:

RockOnHazel Betz, Ariel Stroh and Ashley Trout participated in NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia June 21-26. The three engineering women went to a RockOn workshop where the help 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, landing nearby in the ocean. The payload was equipped with data-gathering instruments, which the students programed before launch. Parker Swanson, LBCC computer science instructor, accompanied the team. The trip was made possible through the Oregon Space Grant Consortium (OSGC), a NASA educational outreach program, of which LBCC is an affiliated higher-ed institution. Ashley graduated in June with her associate's degree in Mechatronics. Hazel is working on her 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.)

Read more in this follow-up story by Albany Democrat Herald reporter Steve Lathrop:


LBCC’s choirs took 1st, 2nd, and 4th place at the 8th World Choir Games, also known as the “Olympics for Choirs,” held in Riga, Latvia, July 9-19. The choirs, under the direction of LBCC choral instructor James Reddan, is the only community college choirs in the US to qualify for the competition this year. The 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. See more about the games at:

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