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Kids tested a fleet of remote-controlled boats at the Lynn Boys and Girls Club

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Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School seventh-grader Joseph Bernard tests his remotely operated underwater vehicle at the Boy's & Girl's Club of Lynn pool on Thursday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Fecteau-Leary boat launch

Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School students Jessica Kheav, left, and Marissa Devine test their remotely operated underwater vehicle as part of their marine biology class on Thursday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Fecteau-Leary boat launch

Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School students, from left, Frony Pojoy, Victoria Hansen, Joseph Bernard, and Peyton Hatton test out remotely operated underwater vehicle as part of their marine biology class.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Fecteau-Leary boat launch

Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School marine biology teacher Joe Skahan and 10th-grader Jessica Kheav try to get Kheav's remotely operated underwater vehicle to work.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Fecteau-Leary boat launch

Tenth-grader Jessica Kheav tinkers with her remotely operated underwater vehicle as she tests it at the Boy's & Girl's Club of Lynn pool on Thursday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Fecteau-Leary boat launch

Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School marine biology teacher Joe Skahan helps 10th-graders Marissa Devine, left, and Jessic Kheav pilot their remotely operated underwater vehicle.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Fecteau-Leary boat launch

One of the remotely operated underwater vehicles built by Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School students floats in the Boy's & Girl's Club of Lynn pool as it's tested on Thursday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Fecteau-Leary boat launch

From left, Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School students Victori Hansen, Peyton Hatton, and Joseph Bernard test out the remotely operated underwater vehicles they built in their marine biology class.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Fecteau-Leary boat launch

Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School seventh-grader Joseph Bernard tests his remotely operated underwater vehicle at the Boy's & Girl's Club of Lynn pool on Thursday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

LYNN — The Boy’s and Girl’s Club swimming pool was the temporary harbor for a fleet of homemade boats on Thursday.

Crafted by students from a marine biology class at Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School, the wildly colored ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) set sail as a group of anxious students hoped their inventions wouldn’t sink.

“Unfortunately, it’s stuck at the bottom of the pool because the floaties fell off it,” said Marissa Devine, 16, about her green and pink craft. “But I still think it was a fun project because we built it from scratch and connected the wires and the remote to get it moving.”

The three-week project was possible thanks to a $3,000 grant from SeaPerch, an underwater robotics program that equips schools with the cash to build underwater ROVs. Students built them from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic marine engineering and science concepts.

“Our lesson was how to explore the depths of the ocean with an ROV,” said Joseph Skahan, the science teacher who coordinated the effort. “We started off with an introduction to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).” Step-by-step, the kids did the math, cut the materials, and completed wiring, soldering and electronics, he said.

Frony Pojoy, 16, described his invention as a mini submarine.

“I wanted to make my ROV colorful to match the water with blues, greens and purples,” he said. “I was inspired because I because I love the water.

Peyton Atton, 12, said one of the challenges was to keep the propellers from falling off and bringing the vehicles to a standstill.

“Most of the time they are supposed to spin, but they often got stuck,” she said. “We turned them around and used an adhesive gun and that seemed to fix it.”

The other students who created ROVs included Victoria Hanson, Joseph Bernard, Jessica Kheav, and Nolan Garber.

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