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SeaPerch Educator Workshop at Morgan State

  POSTED ON: Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:00 AM by Sarah Durkin

On Sat Dec 2, the USNA STEM Center presented an Educator Workshop in Baltimore, hosted by Morgan State University. Twenty-one educators from public schools and STEM outreach organizations in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, and Washington, D.C. attended to learn strategies for project-based learning, with a focus on underwater exploration.

Teachers tested hands-on lessons introducing topics such as physical and chemical properties of water, buoyancy and hull design, and fundamentals of robotics and coding. Working in small groups, teachers then had the opportunity to build their own SeaPerch underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

Participants developed skill sets including cutting and drilling PVC pipe for the frame, mounting motors and propellers, soldering a PC board to build the control box, and adding appropriate ballast. "I feel competent enough to teach students skills I previously felt underqualified to teach," shared Alesa Shepherd, Loch Raven Technical Academy, Baltimore County Public Schools.

Following the build, teachers launched the SeaPerch ROVs in the Morgan State University pool. The group discussed possibilities for engineering modifications for missions, and mastered using an arm attachment to pick up rings. Networking with other educators in the region was valuable as participants discussed how to host a local competition or showcase.

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