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Little Creek Oyster Farm founder Ian Wile shows off a piece of the ROV. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Little Creek Oyster Farm founder Ian Wile with a piece of equipment which will become the robot’s computer. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Long Island’s first U-shuck-your-own-oyster spot is embracing another do-it-yourself concept — a U-build robot.

The Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market in Greenport is spearheading a public education initiative to collaboratively build a submersible remote operated vehicle (or ROV) to study our marine ecosystem.

Little Creek is looking for engineers, welders, programmers and innovators to help with the inaugural project of the oyster farm and market’s “PlayLab” series.

“We always planned to incorporate some kind of educational initiative,” said Little Creek Market founder Ian Wile. “There is a community of people out there, tinkering with things, and it seemed like a cool way to integrate science, technology, engineering math and fun.”

The robot, which will feature a video camera and will be attached to a 400 foot cable, will be used to explore the bay bottom. The project is made possible through a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The first meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Nov. 15 at the market. “Bring ideas and enthusiasm,” said Little Creek co-owner Rosalie Rung.

Little Creek Market is located at 37 Front St. in Greenport. Turn down Bootleg Alley to find them.

Visit LCOplaylab.com for more info.

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