Clatsop Community College’s underwater robotics team, Lazarus Industries, placed 21st out of 25 teams in the top-tier Explorer class of the Marine Advanced Technology Education’s international competition in Long Beach, California, last weekend.
More than 600 teams applied to be in the competition. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology placed first.
The college’s team consisted of CEO Haley Werst, Chief of Business Operations Jennifer Jordan, Head of Research and Development Georges Oates Larsen, Chief of Manufacturing Sam Daire and Sean Sullivan. Advising the team is college physics instructor Pat Keefe.
The team collectively spent more than 7,200 hours designing and building their competition robot, Lazarus. Larsen, who has been with the team for several years, won the MVP award for product presentation.
Larsen and Jordan are now teaching youth summer camp courses at the college on robotics and video game design. Lazarus Industries will participate in the Astoria Regatta parade in August, showcasing Lazarus and promoting involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Some of the team members are working on creating an educational video series outlining waterproofing methods they have developed, how the subsystems of Lazarus work and how they communicate with each other, and how to build an advanced robot on a shoestring budget.