Junior ROV

A project by: Ali Hynd



from 8 donors

This project received pledges on Fri 21 Dec 2018
Building underwater robots for primary school pupils.


Number of students that will benefit: 100+

Age of students: 8 - 14

Percentage eligible for free school meals: 12%


About us

Mintlaw Academy is based in the North East of Scotland. Our Technology Faculty has taken part and been successful in the ROV MATE international ROV competition for the last 6 years, visiting America on 3 occasions to represent Scotland.

The project we are undertaking is to introduce younger children to the world of ROVs and underwater robotics. We currently have 6 smaller ROVs that are controlled by basic wiring and switches, and we aim to introduce the pupils to the world of coding. The way to progress the project and move it forward is the control system, which is Arduino-based coding. Arduino is a worldwide open source code and hardware that engineers all over the world are experimenting with on different projects.

Coding is slowly becoming a bigger part of our every day life so this project will provide primary school pupils an opportunity to build and pilot underwater Robots. 

What do we want?

We have the basic kits to build the ROVs but we don't have the necessary equipment to train the pupils to use Arduino and engage with the process of coding. 

We aim to purchase a set of starter kits and motor drivers that will allow the pupils to experience the world of coding, not only controlling the ROVs but also to create weather stations, other robots, bringing projects to life.

Who is this for?

This will be used to encourage young pupils and the first and secondary years of secondary schools (our S1 and S2) into the world of Engineering and Coding. The aim is for our existing senior pupils to work with the primary age pupils to pass on their knowledge and skills, while the seniors themselves increase their skills set delivering the project.

Why do we want it?

Coding and Engineering play a major part in the economy. By introducing primary age pupils into the world of Engineering, we can prepare them for the journey to become the next generation of engineers or scientists. The project will also be used to allow pupils to gain accreditation for the work they are completing.


Each kit costs the following: 

Arduino Starter Kits - this will allow for a class of pupils @ £585 


12 Cytron motor driver kits @ £21.36 each = £256.32 https://www.robotshop.com/uk/cytron-10a-5-30v-dual-channel-dc-motor-driver.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkNDstJDv3QIV1uF3Ch29Mw-WEAQYASABEgKpUfD_BwE

12 Joysticks 2 Axis joysticks to control the vehicle @ £6.96 each = £83.52


12 Reversing Cameras for use as cameras to view their vehicle when diving @ £12.99 each = 155.88


Wiring and Connection @ £20.00 

Total = £1,100.72 (incl VAT and delivery)


If we're fortunate enough to raise more than our target, then we would also like to buy extra thrusters that can be used to build more vehicles so we can have two groups running at the same time. 


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Rocket Fund is a pilot project by Nesta. Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833