Maryland Regional SeaPerch Challenge
POSTED ON: Saturday, April 8, 2017 8:00 AM by Angela Moran
The USNA STEM Center held its annual Maryland Regional SeaPerch Challenge on Saturday, April 8 in Rickover Hall. Over 450 middle school and high school students designed, built and modified their ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) to compete in the challenge.
In the preliminary round, teams maneuvered their SeaPerch through a series of courses in the 120-foot tow tank in the Hydro Lab, and were judged on speed, maneuverability and retrieval ability. SeaPerch teams were also judged on the robustness and creativity of their designs, and the engineering ability and teamwork demonstrated through the modifications of their ROV to complete the missions. A math challenge was completed by all high school teams and was optional for middle school teams.
From the preliminaries, twelve teams were selected to compete in a final round in which teams completed a "Puzzle" challenge. The ROVs had to retrieve assorted rings and cubes and place them on zig zag hooks or in the goal box to score points. Thirty-four midshipmen and thirty-seven faculty and staff facilitated the event that included over 35 schools from Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania.