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.
In the past, we have offered schools an opportunity to join the SCPS SeaPerch Consortium. We have partnered with Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) to assist schools with the purchase of equipment and training. To date, we have trained teachers within 3 of our high schools, 8 of our middle schools, and 11 of our elementary schools. Many of our teams participate in the Regional Competition at the College of Mary Washington. In May, the National SeaPerch Competition is held at Louisiana State University (LSU).