National SeaPerch Challenge




5th Annual National SeaPerch Challenge
May 29-31, 2015
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA


Each year, middle and high school students from across the country gather to compete in the National SeaPerch Challenge. During the National SeaPerch Challenge, student teams must demonstrate the capabilities of the SeaPerches they have built as they navigate through an underwater obstacle course. Teams also display posters and deliver oral presentations about their design philosophy and construction challenges before a panel of judges. SeaPerch is an easy to assemble, underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) which is built from a kit, making it a great entry point for students interested in robotics. 


5th Annual National SeaPerch Challenge was a Big Success
On May 30, 2015, students from around the world gathered to compete in the 5th Annual National SeaPerch Challenge in North Dartmouth at the University of Massachusetts.  140 teams competed in an obstacle course, a finesse challenge, and a poster presentation to a panel of engineers and educators. 


2015 SeaPerch Challenge Winning Teams

Event: Obstacle Course


High School

1st Place  HS-149                Gulf Coast Contenders Club Gulf Coast Contenders                  Saucier, MS
2nd Place HS-154                Tiger Sharks Reitz Memorial High School                  Evansville, IN
3rd Place HS-150                Neptune Robotics Souderton Area High School                  Souderton, PA


Middle School

1st Place     MS-84               EHT PAL Submersibles            Egg Harbor Township PAL        Egg Harbor Township, NJ
2nd Place    MS-77               Hoosiers by Sea            St. John the Baptist Catholic School        Newburgh, IN
3rd Place    MS-35               Aquafreaks            Learning by Doing        Ponce, PR


Open Class


1st Place  OP-12         Lona            Gloucester High School Gloucester, VA
2nd Place OP-1         The Wave Riders            Nolan Ryan Junior High School Pearland, TX
3rd Place OP-133         Zip Ties            Dartmouth HS Engineering Club South Dartmouth, MA


Event: Finesse


High School

1st Place HS-150          Neptune Robotics          Souderton Area High School Souderton, PA
2nd Place HS-139          Sea Owls - SS-405          A.D. Henderson University School Boca Raton, FL
3rd Place HS-106          Ye Olde SeaPerch          Bloomington South High School Bloomington, IN


Middle School

1st Place         MS-84       EHT PAL Submersibles        Egg Harbor Township PAL                  Egg Harbor Township, NJ
2nd Place        MS-62       Taylormade        Springs Valley High School                  French Lick, IN
3rd Place        MS-51     The Sea Chicken        Seton School                  Manassas, VA


Open Class

1st Place         OP-1      The Wave Riders       Nolan Ryan Junior High School Pearland, TX
2nd Place        OP-5      Aquatic Stereotype       Bloomfield Schools Bloomfield, IN
3rd Place        OP-3      Lona       Gloucester High School Gloucester, VA


Event: Poster

High School


1st Place            HS-139     Sea Owls SS-405 A.D.Henderson University School      Boca Raton, FL 
2nd Place           HS-150     Neptune Robotics Souderton Area High School      Souderton, PA
3rd Place           HS-149     Gulf Coast Contenders Club Gulf Coast Contenders      Saucier, MS


Middle School

1st Place         MS-32 SeaSharks         Passmore Elementary Alvin, TX
2nd Place        MS-43 Sea Owls 8         A.D. Henderson University Boca Raton, FL
3rd Place        MS-41 Sea Owls Sunrise         A.D. Henderson University
        FAU High School
Baca Raton, FL


Open Class

1st Place            OP-2        Dolphins 1                               The Palmas Academy                   Humacao, PR
2nd Place             OP-11        Ol'Citrus                               Virginia Beach City
                              Public Schools
                 Virginia Beach, VA
3rd Place            OP-4        RoboChicks                               Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta                  Sharpsburg, GA


Overall Results

High School

1st Place          HS-150 Neptune Robotics Souderton Area High School Souderton, PA
2nd Place         HS-139 Sea Owls SS-405 A.D. Henderson University School Boca Raton, FL
3rd Place         HS-149 Gulf Coast Contenders Club Gulf Coast Contenders Saucier, MS


Middle School

1st Place           MS-84     EHT PAL Submersibles           Egg Harbor Township PAL                Egg Harbor Township, NJ
2nd Place         MS-51     The Sea Chicken Seton School Manassas, VA
3rd Place         MS-62     Taylormade Springs Valley High School French Lick, IN


Open Class

1st Place OP-10 Aquatic Sterotype Bloomfield Schools Bloomfield, IN
2nd Place OP-2 Dolphins 1 The Palmas Academy Humacao, PR
3rd Place  OP-12 Lonas Gloucester High School Gloucester, VA

Championship Results

1st Place       HS-150 Neptune Robotics             Souderton Area High School Souderton, PA



Special Awards:

Against All Odds
This award recognizes a team that overcame obstacles and maintained a solid team spirit the whole time.  Their motors had completely corroded, and in very short order, they worked as a team to rebuild all their motors, integrate them on the SeaPerch and got into the water to compete. They were cooperative, pleasant and professional in the face of adversity.

 HS-136

Awesome Otters

Orange Park High School

 Orange Park, FL
 
 
Quality Award for Robustness in Concept and Fabrication
This award recognizes the team went through many design iterations and developed all sorts of prototypes of their various component designs.  This prototype and test approach led to their robust final design


         MS-59               Cyber Squids                 University Elementary School Bloomington, IN 


Admiral Mooney Deep Ocean Exploration PIONEER Award
He was the Chief of Naval Research and a deep submergence vessel operator.  I had the fortune to sit next to him at several National Academy of Science dinners and at the judges’ and awards dinners for the RoboSub Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competitions.  He enthralled me with daring sea stories and some amazing ideas.  He generally refused to accept NO for an answer, especially when he had a passion for his purpose.  The young man we recognize for the Admiral Mooney PIONEER award competed here today as a result of his refusal to accept NO for an answer.  His school told him he could NOT start a SeaPerch program, the principal would not allow his teacher to start an after school science program and invite students to work on robotics.  And yet, he built a SeaPerch at home, and found a way to get here and compete today.  He also vows that he will start a club and teach others about SeaPerch.

 OP-13

    Canyon View

       Canyon View Junior High School

Orem, UT
 
 
 

Creativity Award for a Unique Design or Strategy
This team had a unique strategy with respect to design and testing.  They had several ideas for thruster configuration, and built a test rig with a dynamometer to evaluate various thruster configurations and their performance before incorporating this robust design into their SeaPerch.  Great strategy.

 MS-51

The Sea Chicken

Seton School 

                  Manassas, VA



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 HS-136

Awesome Otters

Orange Park HighSchool

Orange Park, FL
 
 

 HS-136

Awesome Otters

Orange Park HighSchool

Orange Park, FL