News from the STEM Office
SeaPerch/NOAA Teacher Training Workshop
Posted on: November 13, 2013 08:00 EST by Sarah Durkin
The U.S. Naval Academy and the NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research presented a SeaPerch/NOAA Ocean Exploration Workshop for Educators of Grades 5-12, held at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, SC on November 8-9, 2013.
Three STEM faculty from USNA travelled to Charleston to lead an all-day SeaPerch workshop for 24 teachers from South Carolina schools. Seaperch is a national underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).
USNA STEM faculty instructed workshop participants in the necessary skills to start a SeaPerch program in their own classrooms or after school programs. Participants built their own SeaPerch ROVs that day, and were rewarded to see them successfully operate in the fountain outside the Aquarium.
All participating educators received SeaPerch supplies, and a collection of activities and lesson plans, as well as a certificate of Professional Development. These educators are now equipped to bring innovative classroom investigations into their schools, with an emphasis on real-world applications for underwater exploration.