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Seacoast SeaPerch Challenge

Educator Training Program

What is SeaPerch?


Seacoast SeaPerch Challenge

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

The Seacoast SeaPerch Regional Competition is an annual event, held at UNH in Durham, which includes different challenges for the SeaPerch teams to complete.

The 2016 Challenge will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, at the Swasey Pool and Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire.

The challenge will include:

  • An obstacle course—teams are required to maneuver their SeaPerch though a course of submerged hoops.
  • Orbs—the course consists of three stations in which the vehicles will have to maneuver and actuate equipment in the pool.
  • Please Note, for 2016 there will be NO POSTER CHALLENGE. Due to space and timing issues specific to this year, we have decided to eliminate this element of the competition.  

For more information, please see the detailed challenge information below.

On the day of the event, registration of teams will begin at 8 AM and the event should conclude by 4 PM.  The exact timing and schedule for the day will be posted soon.

Registration for our Regional SeaPerch competition is now online.

The link below will allow you to register your teams for the competition. Please register up to 2 teams now. If you have more than 2 teams that you would like to compete, let me know and I will add them to my waitlist, which will open on March 18th.

After registering your team, I will follow up with a second email with a private registration link to register your individual student names.

Each team can have up to 2 coaches, and 2-6 students.

The cost for registration is $10 per student, and will be collected online during the second registration form.

Lunch and a t-shirt will be provided to all registered participants and volunteers.


Educator Training Program

Educator TrainingInterested in bringing the SeaPerch ROV program to your classroom?

Attend the Seacoast SeaPerch Educator Workshop, and learn how to build, and then test an underwater ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle).

On January 23rd, 2016 at UNH, Seacoast SeaPerch will offer a one-day training program open to educators, 4-H leaders, afterschool providers, community partners or others interested in coaching a SeaPerch club or team.

The training will include:

  • 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 startup costs, school teams and 4-H clubs, safety, finding local sponsors, general resources and competition details.

  • Participants will build a SeaPerch kit during the workshop in pairs, and then receive instructions and a parts list to help you build them with your group.

Lunch will be provided.

Cost for the workshop is $20.

For more information, contact Tara Hicks Johnson at

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
  • Inspired!

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.

For more information about the Seacoast SeaPerch program, please contact:

Tara Hicks Johnson
Outreach Specialist

Claes Thelemarck
UNH Extension Field Specialist
Youth & Family

Rick Cecchetti
Engineering Recruiter
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard