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Subs in Schools


Getting involved is easy. We provide a teachers guide that steps you through the process of establishing and running SUBS in Schools and to assist we can connect you to other teachers involved in the program who will be able to share knowledge, experience and resources.

Schools wanting to undertake the SUBS in Schools program must register online. We will then include you in all the appropriate emails, newsletters and communications that will help you get started in SUBS in Schools.

To be able to participate in State or National competitions all teams MUST be registered prior to their first competition event and prior to the published team registrations deadline. In addition, a Challenge Agreement Form MUST be completed by the supervising teacher, parent/guardian where applicable and returned to REA prior to the cut off dates.

There are no fees associated with School Registrations. Fees will only apply to those teams that represent their region at a State or National Final.

Stepping Stones in the Program

The knowledge that currently exists within schools and the teaching community about submarines is very limited. SUBS in Schools is structured to allow teachers to develop their understanding of submarines and the technology behind submarines over time.

Each level also offers a staged learning process where both the students and teachers can explore and develop their understanding of the STEM and its application in industry. Students will need to explore a broad range of scientific and engineering, materials and manufacturing techniques to build either an operating model of a miniature Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV), build a larger and more functional operating ROV, design an operational space within a submarine or build a fully operational submarine.

Classes of Competition

Level 1: Build a MiniROV

Project Description: Underwater ROV’s provide a fun and fascinating way for students to learn the rigor of maths and science in a practical way. This project is meant to be an introduction to the operation of ROV’s.

Level 1 is designed for year 7 or 8 students as an introduction to the STEM components of underwater activity. The task is to build and operate a mini ROV with the focus being on learning the principles of buoyancy, propulsion and control.

It is our hope that the interests of students in operating and understanding underwater ROV’s will increase and they will continue to discover and learn about the many opportunities that exist in this exciting and growing field.

Level 2: Design & Build a Large ROV

Project Description: Level 2 is aimed at students in years 8-9 and include a much larger component of construction. Students are required to build a larger scale ROV which is able to support ancillary items such as a camera, robot arms and able to undertake specific tasks. This will require the students sourcing sets of components to allow them to build an operating ROV. At this level the students will be required to extend their understanding of the maths and science of underwater environments to also include robotic operation in underseas environments.

Level 3: Design an Internal Accommodation Space

Project Description: This level is designed for years 9-11 and more specifically, those students interested in developing high levels of 3D design skills and expanding those 3D design skills from a CAD environment into industrial animation and computer gaming environments.

Within Industry the application of virtual environment automation technology is rapidly expanding. Much of this virtual environment automation is based on the same engines used in the development of computer based gaming. The intent of Level 3 is to give students the opportunity to develop skills in virtual automation in preparation for similar roles which will soon become prevalent in industry.

This level particularly suits those schools that do not have a significant Design & Technology workshop facility or the capability of building a large-scale model of either an ROV or a submarine. This level of the competition will allow these schools to participate in a complex project without being disadvantaged.

The student workload will be equivalent to that of Level 4.

Level 4: Build a Working Model Submarine

Project Description: In Level 4 students take on the design and construction of an operational capable scale model submarine.

In the first year the schools would be encouraged to reconstruct an existing design of a model submarine. In the subsequent years the schools would be able to innovate on the existing designs to improve their submarines.

The complete design to manufacture process will need to be documented, along with team marketing and promotion. Students will also need to form one or more specific industry partnerships to obtain advice or even assistance with manufacturing components not possible within your school.

The students collaborate with industry during the project and the industry links they have made are a very important part of the challenge marking criteria.

Other Key Information

  • Eligibility for participation in State and National competitions requires all team members to be enrolled as full-time primary or secondary students at the time of the event.
  • A student’s school year group is determined from the year group the student is in during the year of regional and state competition.
  • Inter-school collaboration teams are eligible to compete and they are encouraged.
  • These class definitions must be read in conjunction with the SUBS in Schools Rules and Regulations document downloadable from the Resources page of the website.