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Students Explore Science On Spring Break

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This month, college students from across the nation traveled to sunny destinations to enjoy spring break.  But one group of young people came to Savannah for more than just fun in the sun- they came to help others learn about ocean science.


The thirteen students from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro spent several days hammering, drilling, sawing, and assembling PVC pipe at the offices of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary on Skidaway Island.  "We're here to learn more about underwater technology," said group co-leader Amanda Hipp.  "I don't have a science background at all, so this is really interesting for me, and we thought it would be a fun and neat spring break trip to take."  Added fellow student Sidney Fletcher, "this is, by far, one of the most exciting things I've ever done.  This was an opportunity that I didn't want to miss out on."


The contraptions the students constructed will be used as props during an underwater robotics competition Gray's Reef hosts every April.  Gray's Reef's volunteer coordinator Jody Patterson would normally spend several weeks building the props by herself or with help from coworkers, so, needless to say, Patterson was grateful for all the extra help.  "These guys are awesome!" Patterson exclaimed.  "I'm really overwhelmed at the amount of work that they've gotten done in just a couple of days' time."


The annual robotics competition will take place at the Chatham County Aquatics Center, with teams from schools throughout the region competing to see whose robot can do the best job handling various simulated tasks in the pool.  The aquatics competition takes place from 8am to 4pm on Saturday, April 13th, and the public is invited to attend at no charge. Contributor Michael Jordan composed this article. 

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