Deep-sea mission

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 December, 2007, 12:00am

The Hong Kong Underwater Robot Challenge 2008 has been expanded to include mainland universities and secondary schools, providing tougher competition for the participants.

Organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature and City University of Hong Kong (CityU), the event focuses on hydrothermal activities at mid-ocean ridges and the technologies used to study these deep-sea environments.

Four workshops will be held at CityU next month, when experts on remote-controlled vehicles will provide guidelines for the competition as well as tutorials in underwater vehicle design.

'In addition to being fun and educational, these competitions connect students and educators with professionals from marine industries, and those involved with marine conservation, as well as promote the development of problem-solving, critical-thinking and teamwork skills,' said Dr Robin Bradbeer, associate professor at CityU's department of electronics engineering.

The winners will get a chance to take part in the 2008 International Finals to be held in San Diego, California, next June. The local competition is scheduled for next April at CityU. Applications close on December 31.

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