Maryland Regional SeaPerch Challenge
POSTED ON: Saturday, April 7, 2018 12:00 AM by Angela Moran
The final round of this year's Maryland Regional SeaPerch Challenge, held at USNA on April 7, was especially dramatic as a tie-breaker was required to determine the last selectee to advance to the International SeaPerch Competition, scheduled for June at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The forty-eight midshipmen and thirty-five volunteers from USNA faculty and staff, Navy Medical, and the Coast Guard, all of whom facilitated the event, were well aware of the tension as the winners were announced.
In the preliminary round, teams maneuvered their SeaPerch underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) 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 but was optional for middle school teams.
From the preliminaries, eight teams were selected to compete in a final round. The ROVs had to retrieve assorted rings and cubes the Origin platform and place them on another platform at a distance away from the Origin to score points. Eighty-six teams from Maryland, Virginia, and DC competed to be one of the eight teams to advance to the final round. The first round in the finals resulted in a tie between two teams who then competed in a single elimination round. By the end of the event, four teams garnered spots to the International Competition.