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Local Students Rival Underwater Robotics in U.S. Navy Competition

April 1, 2011

April 1, 2011 Middle school, high school and community college students will battle it out in an underwater robotics competition April 16, 2011 in the Greater Philadelphia Sea Perch Challenge. The underwater robot combat is hosted by Drexel University’s College of Engineering at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.  More than  40 teams will contend in the U.S. Navy funded competition to win recognition for design excellence, presentation and teamwork while fulfilling the U.S. Navy’s goal of increasing interest in robotics, science, mathematics, engineering and technology.   

The Sea Perch program is part of the Office of Naval Research's initiative, “Recruiting the Next Generation of Naval Architects.” The program teaches students how to build an underwater robot (Sea Perch), a propulsion system, a controller and how to investigate weight and buoyancy in 14 weeks through professional mentors trained by the U.S. Navy. The College of Engineering supports the initiative in their effort to engage students in the fields of science and technology

More than 600 students will compete for the first place title with their Remote Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROV) in the following categories: (1) vehicle performance (2) team presentation (3) teamwork summaries and (4) spirit and sportsmanship. Panels of external judges from industry, government agencies and higher education will evaluate the competition. In addition to the underwater robotics competition, students will have the opportunity to view concrete canoes constructed by Drexel engineers for the regional concrete canoe competition being held April 17, 2011. For more information on Sea Perch, please visit the Sea Perch website.