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What is SeaPerch WA?

SeaPerch West Asia is a regional innovative underwater challenge that is part of the International SeaPerch program. SeaPerch International program prepares mentors and students to build a Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) for submarine missions.

Students can build the ROV in a classroom or out-of-school setting with a special kit that consists of low-cost and easily accessible parts. The program follows a unique curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. SeaPerch provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM). Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem-solving, .teamwork, and technical applications

Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills for ship and submarine design encouraging students to explore naval architecture, marine, and ocean engineering principles. Students can learn important engineering and design skills with hands-on activities. Also, they will be exposed to all the exciting careers which are involved in naval architecture, ocean, and marine engineering.Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) for submarine missions.

The curriculum is specially designed to help the students to assemble the ROV from scratch, test it, and then participate in launching their vehicles. Students are encouraged to compete in a culminating event, the SeaPerch Challenge. Events at the Challenge can include:

  • Vehicle performance - maneuvering and recovery
  • Engineering Notebook submissions – Selected oral presentations to judges
  • Innovative design (optional)

* Winners of SeaPerch West Asia Challenge may be able to compete in the International SeaPerch Challenge, held annually.

Challenge
It’s not Just a Challenge, It’s a Journey of Learning!

  • Meets National Learning Outcomes: The SeaPerch Challenge meets many of the national learning outcomes for science, and maps to the Common Core Curriculum.
  • Supports Diversity: The Challenge focuses on presenting the possibilities of technical careers to minorities, girls, and underrepresented populations.
  • Low Cost Per Student: The cost of the kits is kept low to encourage participation. If funds are an issue, programs may apply for small kit grants of up to five SeaPerch kits and one tool kit. This funding is based on need, and grants are based on the availability of funding, with Title 1 schools being given first consideration.
  • Web Resources & Community: SeaPerch International website provides resources, tools, information, and a communiy.

The Story of SeaPerch

The Beginning

SeaPerch began as one project in a book entitled "How to Build an Underwater Robot," by Harry Bohm and Vickie Jensen. There were many projects in the book, and SeaPerch captured just two pages, with a parts list and instructions on how to assemble the vehicle. Years later, Professor Thomas Consi at MIT developed a curriculum around the SeaPerch as a way to grow the Ocean Engineering Program at MIT. Seeing the possibility of using SeaPerch to train teachers, MIT’s Dr. Chryss Chrystostomedes sought funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the MIT Sea Grant office and began to train teachers in the Boston area and beyond. Several years later, The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) had the vision to utilize its resources to manage the program and partnered with The Office of Naval Research (ONR) to take the SeaPerch Program from what was essentially a teacher-training program and develop it into a national K12- STEM Outreach program. Through a grant from ONR, SNAME created a program that could be national in scope, including creating a kit, infrastructure, supporting materials, website, ordering and inventory mechanism, and a network of individuals to help grow the program. The efforts began to take root, the program grew to include almost all 50 states to date, and a national competition, the National SeaPerch Challenge, continues to expand yearly.

Since 2011, SeaPerch program has been managed by RoboNation (The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation - AUVSIF), and continues to expand nationally.

RoboNation

  • A robotics community.
  • Built of the next generation of builders, creators, engineers.
  • Designed to reach all levels of robotics enthusiast.
  • The premier source of robotics info from videos to hands-on kits, events and competitions.
  • RoboNation was created by the AUVSI Foundation, a nonprofit, charitable 501(c)3 organization established to support the educational initiatives of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

Most importantly, RoboNation is

A place for beginners and experts alike to interact with each other and create an environment that promotes engagement and excitement for robotics.
Each year, RoboNation offers a series of educational programs as well as robotics competitions that allow students to apply their STEM education outside the classroom. The experience is ideal preparation for entering the workforce, and many participating students are frequently offered coveted internship and employment opportunities while still in school. Visit www.robonation.org to learn more.