Seacoast SeaPerch Challenge

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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

The 2015 Challenge will be held on Saturday, April 11th 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.

  • Finesse—teams are required to perform multiple independent tasks that will test their ability to operate their SeaPerches with finesse.

  • Poster Challenge – teams should detail their SeaPerch construction and discuss the choices they made during design.

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 4pm. The exact timing and schedule for the day will be posted soon.

Teams should email Tara Hicks Johnson at with an intent to register. A formal registration website will be online in March. There will be a registration fee of $5 per participant, due at the time of registration.

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


Educator Training Program

Educator Training

Interested 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 November 15, 2014 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 part list to help you build them with your group.

Lunch will be provided.

Cost for the workshop is $20

Register on line here>>

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