The curriculum includes discussion of potential careers in technical and engineering fields, as well as related fields of study, and also offers a template for an end-of design Challenge. The program can be used to inform and educate students through a hands-on activity in the classroom, with the objective of generating interest and enthusiasm for continued science, technology and engineering studies. The long-term goal is to create the next generation of STEM Professionals.
Most of all, the SeaPerch Program is designed to be fun while also building teamwork and inspiring young minds.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsors the program, and it is managed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation. The students built ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicles) and designed and constructed special attachments to perform tasks. The competition involved several challenges. This group of students participated in regional competition at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis on April 9, 2016 and earned a spot in the Nationals at LSU in Baton Rouge, LA on May 29 and May 30. They placed 46 out of 92 middle school teams at the National Competition. Educators Pat Benner and Pam South are the facilitators. This past year was the fourth year of participation and the ladies are working toward the fifth year of competition.