Stockbridge Underwater Robotics Team finishes eighth in the world

The Stockbridge High School Underwater Robotics Team poses for a picture. Team members are left to right, Michelle Zemke, Jake Chapman, Faith Whitt, Colin Lilley, Kael Bunce and Madison Howard.(

STOCKBRIDGE, MI — The Stockbridge High School Underwater Robotics Team finished eighth in the Ranger Class at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center’s 16th Annual International Student Remotely Operate Vehicles Competition.

After winning the Great Lakes Regional ROV Contest in April, the Stockbridge team traveled June 23-25, to Long Beach, Calif., to compete against 40 teams from across America and 17 countries.

The Stockbridge team consisted of graduate Jake Chapman, juniors Colin Lilley, Madi Howard, Faith Whitt and Michelle Zemke, and freshmen Kael Bunce.

Some of the tasks the team competed in involved constructing an underwater “hyperloop” system, sampling sediment for contaminants, investigating containers that fell from a cargo ship to the seafloor, and repairing a fountain used in a water and light show.

“With all but one team member returning for next year, the team is making plans to compete in 2018 with hopes of winning it all,” team mentor and Stockbridge High School robotics instructor Bob Richards said in an email.

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