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What is Sea Perch?

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM

What is SeaPerch?

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will 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. How do I bring this to my school or organization? The Navy City Outreach program coordinates a SeaPerch program in the Greater New York area. You can join our 20 schools (high school and middle school) who are building these hands-on educational tools in their classrooms. The Navy City Outreach Officers will help get teachers trained in this fun and challenging program and introduce you to a curriculum that meets national learning standards and integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The Students follow steps to completely assemble a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), test it, and then participate in launching their vehicles. How come the Navy is involved in STEM education? The Navy is a technologically superior service that shares in our Nation’s responsibility to promote Science, Technology and Engineering and Math among our nation’s emerging leaders. The SeaPerch program shares Navy because it builds teamwork, inspires young minds, encourages STEM career discussions and helps students learn best by doing. Competition After the SeaPerch robot is constructed, students are encouraged to test their vehicles, deploy them on missions, and compete in a culminating Greater New York Regional SeaPerch Challenge on March 28th, 2015 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens NY. Events at the Challenge can include: Vehicle performance - maneuvering and recovery Innovative design Poster presentations - oral presentations to judges STEM Outreach Winners of the Regional Challenge will be invited to compete in the National SeaPerch Challenge which will be held May 19/20 2015 in Dartmouth, MA For more Information Contact NCC Freddie McAbee at and LCDR Michael Fourte at and visit

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