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NCCOS Researchers Judge Student Underwater Robotics Competition

Published on: 03/25/2019
Primary Contact(s): katy.chung@noaa.gov

NCCOS scientists Katy Chung, James Daugomah, Paul Pennington, and Joe Wade served as judges of the 2019 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge in South Carolina.

NCCOS Ecotoxicology staff at 2019 SeaPerch Competition (left to right: James Daugomah, Katy Chung, Joe Wade, and Paul Pennington). Credit: NOAA NCCOS.

The SeaPerch Program provides middle and high school students with the opportunity to learn about science, engineering, robotics, and mathematics, while building an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The competition offers students a hands-on educational experience that builds teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Students presented posters of their projects and entered their ROVs in a timed aquatic mission and obstacle course. The 2019 mission course was inspired by the real-life events of students trapped in a cave in Thailand in 2018 and the challenges faced by their rescuers.

Winning teams from the Charleston, South Carolina, event will participate in the International SeaPerch competition to be held at the University of Maryland (College Park, MD) in June.

For more information, contact Katy Chung.

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