The 8th grade students worked in their groups to finish drilling and assembling their Sea Perch underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicle) today in Science Lab.
“Drilling was by far my favorite,” said Angelina S. “It was really cool to use the different drills. The cutting of the PVC pipes was the hardest. The project is really empowering though.”
The girls will be working in the lab to finish constructing begin programming their ROVs with Mrs. Dow and Mrs. Duke. After the SeaPerch robot is constructed, students are encouraged to test their vehicles, and then the end of the program will culminate in each team of girls launches their ROVs in Villa’s pool in March.
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 a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) 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. (www.seaperch.org)