The Southwest Indiana STEM Resource Center (SwISTEM) at the University of Southern Indiana is now accepting registrations for its fourth annual underwater robotics competition, the USI/Crane State SeaPerch Challenge, scheduled to take place Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Mount Vernon Junior High School natatorium.
The SeaPerch program trains educators to assist fifth through 12th grade students in building underwater remote operated vehicles (ROVs). Students follow a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts to construct the ROVs using kits provided by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division. NSWC-Crane partners with USI on programs to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.
The deadline to register is January 17, 2014. To register a SeaPerch team, complete the online registration form.
For more information, visit http://www.usi.edu/science/southwest-indiana-stem/student-outreach-events/seaperch-challenge/ or contact Allison Grabert, director of the SwISTEM Resource Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812/228-5019.
Photo Credit: SwISTEM Resource Center
SeaPerch teams must maneuver their ROVs through several competitive drills. Stock division teams are allowed to use only the contents of their kits, which are comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts. Open division teams are allowed to modify their ROVs.