Creative Underwater Robot Workshop with Dark Water at Tib Lock (Lock 89)

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Learn how to assemble a remote control underwater robot using electronic components and Lego. Then send it underwater to film the world beneath the surface.

These workshops take place at the following times on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of September.

Workshop 1 – 11.00am – 12.30pm

Workshop 2 – 13.00am – 14.30pm

Workshop 3 – 15.00am – 16.30pm

To book on a free underwater robot workshop go to the EventBrite page.

The workshop is suitable to people over the age of 14, all young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.



Dark Water are a technology start-up that build cool things to explore underwater. They are aiming to make underwater robotics open to everyone by making cheap and accessible kits. They hope to open up the water for robotic exploration in a similar way to how the skies have been explored using cheaper and cheaper drones.


This workshop is an attempt to encourage people to take an interest in exploring and conserving the underwater world – whether it be the oceans and seas or their local lakes and rivers.

By demonstrating that it isn’t that difficult to create robots that can explore underwater, they hope to spark an interest in the underwater world – and using Lego to create the structure of the robots is our attempt to re-ignite their inner child’s excitement of exploration.

Dark Water will run 3 workshops each day for up to 10 people.

Lego ROV surfacing in the Rochdale canal.

Participants will learn how to assemble a simple underwater ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) that can be operated remotely. They will explore concepts of underwater robotics such as buoyancy, balance, centre of gravity and gain 3 dimensional piloting skills. Participants will create their basic ROV, customise it with extra blocks and then attach an underwater camera and go through the basics of piloting before letting it loose to explore the canal.

Footage from the cameras can be used later to create a video showing the “Underwater life of the canal”.

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