Naval Officers’ School Submarine

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And Kfar Maimon pupils have convinced us of their ability to build rockets and grenades that can reach a height of more than three kilometers. 

In the Western Galilee near the Gulf of Acre is the Naval Officers’ School. This high school prepares its students in study subjects such as, aquaculture, marine sciences, machinery, electronics, marine navigation and more. Over two years ago Mr. Avi Hasson, director of the Machinery Department, participated with other educational entrepreneurs in the Sha’ar HaNegev high school tour. He was very impressed with the satellite project and asked that his pupils also build a satellite. I suggested it would be more fitting to build a submarine that would sample and monitor the Mediterranean Sea. There is no other high school institution that deals with Mediterranean agriculture and certainly not at a high technological level.

Recently, I visited the school where I met with Mr. Hasson and his learners. I was very proud to be introduced to the marine robot, a type of submarine, capable of scanning the sea to a depth of 200 meters! The robot has an “arm” with sensors that can determine oxygen, salinity and PH levels of the seawater. A robotic “hand”, capable of collecting sea soil and water samples at different depths can be monitored. The sample information is recorded in a digital panel, which indicates the precise sampling location and water depth.

The submarine is equipped with lighting fixtures, enabling color photography.

It is very important to maintain the stability of the submarine, especially in wavy sea conditions. To prevent damage from hitting rocks, the body of the submarine is protected. It also has weights that allow for diving and, of course, buoyancy at the end of the mission.

Pupils in the field of aquaculture have defined the biological and agricultural study tasks. Those in the field of machinery have written a specification for maintaining the robot and its function in the future.

School teacher and pupil initiative with an ICA grant have made this achievement possible.

Enclosed are photos of the marine robot and its parts. When I receive a video demonstrating both the sea experiments and the laboratory, I will be delighted to forward it to you.


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