2010-2011 Photos and Events for
TechBrick FLL, JrFLL and FTC Teams
Sea Perch Competition: June 11, 2011
On June 11, 2011, we held an off season program with the Sea Perch program. This is an excellent addition to your US FIRST activities. However, be warned. It is WAY harder than it looks. All four of our Sea Perch teams initially said, "Easy. Done in three hours." Three weeks later we were still working on bugs and building. Just like US FIRST it teaches a wide range of skills. BOTTOM LINE: Read every line of the instructions. Do not just look at the pictures in the book. BE SURE TO SEE ALL THE COOL PHOTOS BELOW THE ARTICLE. Also, the kits are complete and you can often find local grants to pay for them. Just add water...
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory hosted a Sea Perch robotics challenge at Aberdeen Proving Ground on June 11, 2011. Sea Perch is an underwater robotics program that trains students to build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) created by the Office of Naval Research (www.seaperch.org). The students learned about naval architecture, electrical engineering, and team work during the fabrication process. In Harford County, eight teams built Sea Perch robots between April and June to compete in the challenge.
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that trains teachers to teach their students how 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. Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering concepts. It also teaches basic science and engineering concepts and tool safety and technical procedures. Students learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to all the exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean, and marine engineering.
The challenge had 3 parts: A “Cap the Well” Challenge, an obstacle course, and a team interview. In the Cap the Well Challenge, the teams competed to stop the flow of “oil” (actually plastic balls) from an underwater well. In the obstacle course, the team had to drive their robot through 3 hoops in the swimming pool, then turn around and return to the edge of the pool. For the team interview, the students discussed what they learned through the program with the program judges. The students were judged in all three events.
The team with the fastest time to cap the well was Team Pizza, from the Boys and Girls Club of Edgewood. The Team with the fastest time in the obstacle course was team JAMA from Techbrick Robotics. For the overall score, the First Place trophy went to the Havre de Grace High School Tech Warriors, Second Place was awarded to Techbrick Robotics Tactical Ducks, and third place was awarded to Team Pizza, from the Boys and Girls Club of Edgewood.
From the Army, Dr. Christopher Hoppel and Dr. Sandra Young hosted the event. Judges included Dr. Richard Becker, Jon Borenstein, and Lisa Marvel from ARL, Ann Borenstein (retired ARL), Dan Danner (Raytheon), Maria Hoppel and Michael Tellup were in charge of underwater maintenance during the challenge.
The students had a great time building the robot and competing in the event. Afterwards, the students and guests enjoyed a picnic at the Shore Pool picnic area.
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