Tabor Academy InvenTeam

Marion, MA
Device to monitor water quality in Buzzard's Bay

The Tabor Academy InvenTeam invented a system to remotely monitor environmental conditions in Buzzard’s Bay. The sensor package is deployed from a remotely operated vehicle which measures dissolved oxygen, temperature, salinity, pH, and turbidity. Data is recorded at different depths and used by the Buzzards Bay Coaltion’s Baywatchers scientific programs to investigate the impact of nitrogen pollution on algae growth and loss of eelgrass beds in a Buzzard’s Bay harbor.


April 6, 2017

Over the last two months, there has been a whirlwind of activity in the Tabor Maker Lab. The team held our Mid-Grant Technical Review on February 28. The presentation started with a summary the factors impacting the health of buzzards bay followed by an overview of our proposed solution. Then, each group presented their purpose, the work they had done, problems they had overcome, problems they were working on, and any future work they had left. We concluded our presentation with a brief summary of the work we have left until completion. The presentation was a success.  The assembled audience was very impressed with what we were trying to accomplish and what we had already completed.

February 12, 2017

Since the start of school, Tabor Academy’s InvenTeam has been working on a year-long project to develop a marine ROV to help monitor the health of Sippican Harbor. The team, comprised of the Advanced Engineering Design class, was awarded a grant from the Lemelson-MIT program to develop “Sammy the Seabot.” On February 28th, the team will present their work to the public as part of a Mid-Grant Technical Review.

January 18, 2017

Sensor and GPS/Data Group

So far, the sensor group has made great progress towards our goal of a completely independent sensor module. We have two arduinos that talk to each other. One that reads the atlas scientific sensors and another to receive that data from the first arduino and handle all the other sensor data.

December 15, 2016

Our first prototype “sensor box” has been completed but we have recently changed our shape to a large tube. This tube idea was taken from the OpenRov that was ordered by the Underwater ROV team. We are working on gasketing the tube using various programs such as XQuartz and Inkscape to work with the Full Spectrum Laser.

December 4, 2016

We have divided up into 5 subgroups working on separate smaller projects that will be integrated later on in our final product. The five groups are as follows: sensors, sampler, navigation, above water ROV, and underwater ROV. Below are short summaries of where the groups are as of 16 November 2016.