- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) - High school students from Alabama and the Florida Panhandle are participating in an underwater engineering competition at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

The second annual Deep-C Student ROV Competition begins Friday. The “ROV” stands “remotely operated vehicles,” as in small robots that are capable of working underwater.

Students at competing schools have been designing and building ROVs since the first of the year. They’ll test their creations in a competition staged by the Sea Lab and Discovery Hall Programs.

The machines will compete against each other to perform tasks that mimic real-world work tasks. Those include things like like collecting oil samples and retrieving items from the seafloor.

The competition is sponsored by a group of 10 universities and research institutions.

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