Underwater robotics competitions have become popular events in many schools. Thanks to SeaPerch, students build remote controlled robots that they build themselves to complete obstacle courses and complete other tasks in the pool.
At West Mesa Aquatic Center a SeaPerch underwater robotics competition was recently held by Albuquerque Public Schools. Around 140 students from different schools in the area participated. Students had built the robots from the kits comprised of low cost, ezasily available parts. They followed a curriculum that teaches basic engineering concepts.
“It teaches us a lot of things we didn’t think we could do otherwise,” La Cuerva High School student Haley Fortin said of the competition.
Hayley and her partner spent about 8 to 12 hours building their SeaPerch robot. “We built this robot from scratch. We had to solder all the parts. So just that sense of building something from the ground up is just a great learning experience for us,” she said.