Four teams from Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School recently competed in the 2019 SeaPerch Competition. By designing and maneuvering a winning ROV through several underwater challenges, these teams advanced to the International Competition in College Park, Maryland.
Students spent months preparing for the event by studying ship design, physics, circuitry, buoyancy, soldering, and propulsion - and countless hours practicing and problem-solving to increase their skills for a chance to compete in this competition. Among the materials used for the winning ROV were steel wire, shampoo bottles, and parts made from 3D printers.
Teams competed at the Cecil Aquatic Center using their underwater remotely operated vehicles in two different events: an obstacle course and a challenge course. The obstacle course tests high-speed maneuverability and requires teams to navigate the course as quickly as possible. They also received scores on their engineering notebooks.
The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum.
Congratulations to Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School for taking the top spots at the 2019 Greater Jacksonville SeaPerch Challenge.