SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) using common, easily accessible parts. Throughout the project, students learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.
Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. It also teaches basic science and engineering concepts and tool safety and technical procedures. Students learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to all the exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean, and marine engineering.
- A hands-on educational tool
- Fun and challenging
- A curriculum that meets national learning standards
- Integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Read: STEM Education: Why Naval STEM Top 12 Reasons
- Builds teamwork and inspires young minds
- Introduces STEM career discussions
A Hands-On Activity
Students learn best by doing, and during the process of building SeaPerch, they follow steps to completely assemble the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), test it, and then participate in launching their vehicles.
After the SeaPerch robot is constructed, students are encouraged to test their vehicles, deploy them on missions, and compete in a culminating event, the SeaPerch Challenge – a district-wide one-day design competition, to take what they have learned to the next level. The Challenge fosters an end goal, rewards sportsmanship, spirit and presentation skills, as well as mastery of the concepts. Events at the Challenge can include:
- Vehicle performance – maneuvering and recovery
- Innovative design (optional)
- Team presentations – oral presentations to judges
- Notebooks – document planning, design, construction, testing, and learning
- Team spirit and sportsmanship at the event
Winners of local or regional Challenges can compete in the National SeaPerch Challenge, held each Spring.
For more information on SeaPerch projects, contact the school office at 410-956-5600.
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