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NOAA/SeaPerch Educator Workshop for Prince George's County Public Schools

  POSTED ON: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 8:00 AM by Sarah Durkin

The USNA STEM Center held a workshop, "Engineering to Explore the Ocean", for educators from Prince George's County Public Schools. Thirty-six teachers, representing 24 different elementary, middle and high schools, attended the two-day training held at Charles Flowers High School and Prince George's Community College on September 27-28. The program was run by faculty and staff from the USNA STEM Center.

Through a collaboration with NOAA's Office of Exploration and Research, teachers were introduced to a wealth of classroom activities and resources for teaching students about ocean exploration. After learning how scientists use underwater robots to explore the ocean and collect data, teachers then built their own SeaPerch underwater robots. SeaPerch is a national underwater remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVSI). While building the ROV, teachers developed skills sets including PVC pipe-cutting, soldering circuit boards, building and mounting motor sets, and troubleshooting.

Sponsored by NOAA, ONR and DoD STEM, the workshop was designed to provide educators with hands-on, project-based training in current technical content areas with real world relevance. Additional activities included projects with sensors, circuits, batteries, sound, light, and engineering design applications.

Emphasis was placed on building the local community of STEM educators. Cherie Anderson, William Beanes Elementary, commented, "Great workshop that provided me with priceless resources to use with my schools. I have activities that I can use immediately."

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