Local School Teams Win Regional Underwater Robotics Competition
Posted: March 2, 2016
The SeaPerch program, named after a decorated World War II submarine, the USS Perch, provides students the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics while building an innovative underwater Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV). The students constructed their ROV from a kit. This kit, consisting of low-cost, easily accessible parts, was provided along with a curriculum that exposed them to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts.
In September 2015 PSCP, a founding member of the Pittsburgh Regional SeaPerch advisory committee, worked in concert with the U.S. Navy to host a train-the-trainer event for educators. The U.S. Navy provided close to $1,000 in tools and materials to help bring this technology to area classrooms. Educators and mentors then spent the past academic semester teaching hundreds of students how to build their own vehicles. After completing the ROVs, 110 high school and middle school students competed at an underwater obstacle course and oral presentation competition at Carnegie Mellon University’s newly renovated pool. Spectators were welcome, and the over-all winning teams represented Hopewell High School and Harrison Middle School.
"The United States Navy is committed to STEM outreach and we want to encourage America’s emerging leaders toward science and engineering disciplines. While we hope to attract bright professionals to lead our future Navy, we know that any student who pursues advanced education in STEM will ultimately benefit our great Nation” said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Fourte, U.S. Navy City Outreach Officer for the Northeast Region.