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Competition Rules

This year’s competition is a simulation of a restoration project for Utah Lake.

 During the Pleistocene epoch (also known as the Ice Age), much of Utah was covered by Lake Bonneville, an enormous body of water that covered over 20,000 square miles. Most of that water has since drained away, leaving behind what is now known as Utah Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi and the only native home of the June sucker fish, an endangered species. However, Utah Lake has become polluted and overcome with invasive species such as carp and algae.

 You have been hired by a non-profit organization to aid in the restoration of Utah Lake. They built a machine to help purify the water, but it has become covered in trash and is inaccessible. You will need to design and build an ROV that can clean up the trash, deposit a tank of chemicals to balance pH levels, and reintroduce native fish to the lake, all while avoiding getting tangled in the the toxic algae that covers the lake bottom. Good luck!


Scoring is based on two separate parts. The ROV building and competition points, and points gained from the poster

ROV Competition:

Competition points will be awarded as you complete certain tasks.

Task #1: Clear off machine. (225 possible points)

  • 25 points will be awarded for each piece of trash dislodged from the machine. (3 dive rings total).

  • 50 points will be awarded for each piece of trash brought back to the surface.

Task #2: Deposit chemicals. (100 possible points)

  • 100 points will be awarded for placing the chemicals into the machine. (The machine is a PVC lean-to type structure)

Task #3: Weave through algae. (225 possible points)

  • 75 points will be awarded for passing each section of algae (3 sections total).

  • 25 points will be deducted for hitting the algae (will only be deducted once per section, and not when returning back through the algae).

Task #4: Safely deposit fish. (150 possible points)

  • 150 points will be awarded for safely depositing the fish in the target area.

Poster Points:

You will be required to make a poster for the UUR competition. 300 possible points will be awarded for this part of the competition. Below is a simple point breakdown of the poster. For more exact information refer to the Competition Poster Point Sheet.

  1. Abstract - Overview of ROV and all its components (100 points possible).

  2. ROV Research - Write at least 150 words about how ROV's are used in real world applications (45 points possible).

  3. Research and write about a potential engineering career related to any component of your ROV, i.e., electrical, mechanical, chemical, computer, manufacturing, civil. Discuss the training and schooling required to become “that type” of engineer. Discuss what the job would require, and the benefits of a career in that field (salary, growth, opportunities, etc.) (45 points possible).

  4. Miscellaneous points (110 points possible).


Here are the documents covering the competition in more detail:

Competition Overview DOC

ROV Mission Scoresheet PDF

Poster Scoresheet PDF

Mission Prop Specs PDF