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6th Grade Takes Part In SeaPerch Robotics Program

posted Apr 30, 2014, 10:43 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated May 5, 2014, 5:07 AM ]
The Shapleigh School's sixth grade spent several days this week taking part in SeaPerch, an underwater robotics program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Volunteers from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard were on hand to direct and assist students throughout the day. Students worked in pairs designing their Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and will have a chance to test them out on Friday, May 9 at the Microtel in York, Maine.

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater ROV in-school. 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 learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications. For more information on SeaPerch, visit