Educator Training Program
August 21st - 22nd, 2013
Seacoast SeaPerch offers a two-day training program held at both Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (August 21st) and at UNH (August 22nd) that is open to educators, 4-H leaders, afterschool providers, community partners, and others interested in coaching a SeaPerch club or team.
The 2-day training includes: (one day option available for those unable to attend both days)
- Building a SeaPerch—educators will work in teams to build a SeaPerch ROV.
- Working with youth—learn strategies for challenging youth and incorporating the principles of inquiry science.
- Organizing a SeaPerch Club/Team—we will get you started in forming a SeaPerch club or team. Covering topics such as startup costs, school teams and 4-H clubs, safety, finding local sponsors, general resources and competition details.
- Participants will build a SeaPerch kit to you in pairs, and then receive instructions and a part list to help you build them with your group.
- There is no cost for this workshop.
For more information, contact Tara Hicks Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view a flyer with more information, please click here>>
What is SeaPerch?
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from low-cost, easily accessible materials, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme.
The SeaPerch Program provides students with opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.
When youth participate in SeaPerch, they get…
- A hands-on educational tool
- A fun and challenging experience
- Learning that meets Common Core Standards
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning
- Trained teachers and mentors
- To be part of a team
Students learn best by doing, and while participating in the Seacoast SeaPerch Program, they will follow steps to completely assemble the ROV, test and modify it to be sure it functions properly and then launch their vehicle to conduct various missions.
SeaPerch can be readily modified to conduct specific tasks such as object retrieval and be fitted with different sensors and probes to conduct different missions.
Seacoast SeaPerch Challenge
Seacoast SeaPerch Challenge is an annual event at UNH in the spring which includes different challenges for the SeaPerch teams to complete.
The 2013 Challenge was held on Saturday, May 11th at the Swasey Pool and Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire.
The challenge included:
- An obstacle course—teams were required to maneuver their SeaPerch though a course of submerged hoops.
- Object recovery—teams were required to retrieving submerged buckets with their Seaperch.
- A surprise challenge—teams were given a surprise challenge and then worked as a team to develop a plan to modify their SeaPerch to meet the challenge.
Read a brief about the 2013 competition here>>
See more images here>>
* Space is limited to 20 teams. Each school or group can register 2 teams starting April 1st. Any additional teams wanting to compete from the same school or group will be placed on a waiting list, which will open to any available slots on April 20th by lottery.
See underwater videos of the courses taken during the 2012 UNH Tech Camp here>>
View more photos of the first Seacoast SeaPerch challenge here>>
For more information about the Seacoast SeaPerch program, please contact:
Tara Hicks Johnson
UNH Extension Field Specialist
Youth & Family
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard