Outside the university auditorium where dozens of educators, school board members and lawmakers filed in, University of North Florida engineering senior Marshall Curry showed off the large drone-like submarine he’d spent the last five months creating with classmates.
“Here we have the prototype design…We have to program it to be autonomous,” he said.
Curry and seven other engineering students in the UNF’s TeleRoboics Club, are building the robotic submarine to compete in the U.S. Naval Research-sponsored International RoboSub Competition in California this July.
The device was one of several projects, crafted at UNF, the Museum of Science and History, and Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens on display at the kick off to the region’s first annual STEM2 Forum. That’s STEM2 – or STEMM – as in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medical fields, where jobs are expected to grow by a rate of about 17 percent over the next decade.