Crestview Students go to Engineering Sea Perch Competition
Technical Studies I, Crestview’s Engineering class, competed in the regional Sea Perch Competition on May 6th, in Panama City.
SeaPerch is an underwater robotics program that gives students and teachers the materials they need to build an remotely operated drone at their school. The kit that the students and teachers receive consists of low-cost parts and a curriculum guide. The curriculum guide teaches basic concepts in engineering and science with a marine engineering background such as:
- Ship and submarine design
- Soldering/tool safety and usage
- Electricity/circuits and switches
- Depth measurement
- Biological sampling
- Attenuation of light
- Moment arm, basic physics of motion
- Career possibilities
The teams only have a $20 budget to modify their SeaPerch with any additional hardware not included in the kit and may not add and remove attachments between the courses.
In the obstacle course the teams are required to move their robot through five 24″ rings rise to the surface and then descend, going through the rings again. The team with the fastest time will win.
There were 101 teams including our four teams in the Panama city competition. One of our teams won 2nd place in the precision course, while the another won 4th in the obstacle course and 2nd overall.