Submersible Science: Philly Students Launch Underwater Drone with PWD

Submersible Science: Philly Students Launch Underwater Drone with PWD

While most Philadelphia students were heading home early due a heat wave this past Tuesday, four 11th grade students from Mariana Bracetti Academy were busy suiting up in full-body chest waders, a necessary piece of gear for the mission at hand: launching a submersible, camera-equipped drone in Frankford Creek.

Undaunted by the steamy temps, the students’ maiden voyage was the culmination of five weekly afterschool sessions they had spent assembling the drone through a program called greenSTEM. An effort of the Philadelphia Water Department, the educational program shows local students how jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields support the department’s watershed protection work.

Built using a kit greenSTEM instructors Matthew Fritch and Maria Horowitz obtained with the Fairmount Water Works through a CUSP (Climate & Urban Systems Partnership) grant, the propeller-driven rover fits in a suitcase and resembles a mashup of the original R2-D2 and a tabletop video projector.

Clearly eager to give it a spin, students Manuela Duran, Angel Cruz, Luz Gonzalez-Mateo and Candy Lucero-Sanchez were joined along Juniata Golf Club section of the stream by their teacher, Lauren DeHart.

Join Us for the Inaugural Healthy Trails 5k!


Come celebrate Tacony Creek Park! This  Saturday, April 27th, marks the first Healthy Trails 5K Run/Walk in Tacony Creek Park. The run begins and ends on the Friends Hospital Campus and will wind through the lush landscape of the park. Following the race there will be a community day celebration open to all. Enjoy free family activities, see the creekand learn about community organizations working in the park. All of the proceeds will benefit the park. You can sign up or learn more at the Healthy Trials 5k page.

Scenes From A Storm: Hurricane Irene, Part 3

The final installment of the Hurricane Irene edition of Scenes From A Storm comes from the Tacony Creek. Above, the swollen Tacony at the Adams Avenue Bridge. No swimming, people. Below, debris washed on top of the pedestrian bridge just upstream of Adams Ave. Both photos courtesy of our friends at the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership.


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