For over ten years, Keith Forton, physics teacher at Traverse City Central High School has been crafting an amazingly successful Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) program. Initially intended to serve students at his local high school, the effort rapidly expanded following exposure to other teachers. Student-led projects have emerged that incorporate advanced yet affordable technologies. This first of a two-part series looks at the origins and philosophies behind this highly impactful initiative. All “STEM-ing” from this amazing teacher and his students.
Part two of our discussion with Keith Forton, physics teacher at Traverse City Central High School, focuses on several of the impressive projects that his students have developed for the sub-marine environment. Moving from classrooms to fresh water research, students tackle challenges in 3-D imaging, boring through lake ice and a grand engineering failure or two…all in the name of experiential learning. Michigan likely has more ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) projects in classrooms than anywhere else in the United States.