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Frequently Asked Questions

General information about the SeaPerch program
Who sponsors the program?
Who manages the program?
What is the program's history?
What do we need to make a successful SeaPerch program?
What are some of the benefits of SeaPerch?
Where can I download the SeaPerch logo?

Planning a build
Who can do SeaPerch?
What age group is SeaPerch appropriate for?
How long does the build take? What is the time commitment that is required for a successful program?
Can SeaPerch be done as a solo project?
Is there a competition in my area?
How can I get connected with others doing SeaPerch in my area?
Do I need training?
What if we don't have a pool?
How many kits should I plan to use?
Do I need tools?
What does it cost?
I would like to do this, but have limited funding. Can you help?
What if I have a sponsor willing to help me fund part or all of the kits I need?
How can I organize a competition? Are there guidelines available?
Is there a curriculum?
Can I add enhancements?
How do the pre-assessment and post-assessment surveys work? Why do we do them?
Is there a hard copy of the surveys I can look at to prepare for distribution? Some of our students may need extra time to complete the survey, so we need to prepare.

Ordering kits and supplies
How do I get kits?
Can I order kits if I'm outside the U.S.?
Can I buy just one kit?
We did SeaPerch last year and have the batteries from our first set of kits. Can we order kits without batteries at a reduced cost?
Where is the list of parts included in a SeaPerch ROV kit?
Do orders really need to be placed online? I would prefer to place my order by telephone or fax.
What payment methods are accepted?
I need to prepare a purchase order. To whom should the purchase order be made payable?
How can I obtain a copy of the grant application I submitted?
How can I obtain a copy of my invoice/receipt?
I have placed an order and need to cancel it. What should I do?
I just placed my order and I need to make a change to it (e.g. change quantities, substitute items). What should I do?
I am having trouble with the online ordering system on the website. How can I get technical support?

Shipping
When can I get started? How long will it take to receive my kits?
I need my kits sooner. Can my shipment be expedited?
Do you ship outside the United States?
What are the shipping costs?
If I apply for grant funding to support my program, how will I know if the grant was approved?

During the build
My build start date has changed. What should I do?
I need the URLs (web addresses) for the pre- and post-assessment surveys for my students. How can I get them?

Pre- and Post-Assessment Surveys
How do the surveys work?
Why does SeaPerch require participants to do pre- and post-assessment surveys?
Why is it necessary to complete the pre- and post-assessment surveys online? I would prefer to administer paper and pencil surveys to my students.
My survey instructions refer to a program ID number but I cannot find one. What should I do?
Is there a printed copy of the surveys that I can review before directing my students to complete the survey online?

Do you collect personal student information in the assessments/surveys?

Regional and National Challenges
How do the SeaPerch regional and national challenges work?
I want to participate in the SeaPerch competition, but my school does not have an existing team. In order to plan for the competition, and start the team, we need to know when and where the regional competitions are. Where can we find information about regional competitions near us?
Is it possible for me to attend the National SeaPerch Challenge as an observer without bringing a team? We have just started our program and I am interested in seeing the competition.
We are interested in starting a SeaPerch region. Can you please provide some guidance and details on how we might go about doing this?
We are in an area without a regional competition and we are interested in participating in the national challenge.
How do we figure out what region we fall in? When are the regional challenges?
What happens if we do not have a region within a reasonable amount of miles?

General information about the SeaPerch program

Who sponsors the program?

The Office of Naval Research is one of the primary sponsors of the SeaPerch program. See Here for a full list of sponsers...

Who manages the program?

SeaPerch is managed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation, located at 2700 S. Quincy Street, Ste. 400, Arlington, VA 22206.

You can download the AUVSI Foundation W-9 form here.

What is the program's history?

See the Origin of SeaPerch for more Information on the program's history. See Here....

What do we need to make a successful SeaPerch program?

A committed champion who is willing to advocate for the program; a group of teachers and principals; an administration willing to take this on; a university/college/community college partner; local industry support; community volunteers/mentors; and government involvement for mentors/tech support is always helpful.

What are some of the benefits of SeaPerch?

Where can I download the SeaPerch logo?

Download web-ready and vector graphics of the SeaPerch logo on the logos page. The logo should not be altered in any way including:changing its colors, modifying the height/width ratio or any other modifications.

Planning a build

Who can do SeaPerch?

Schools do it as part of a curriculum or after school activity. Also, clubs such as 4-H, Boy or Girl Scouts, homeschoolers, just about any group of middle or high school students gathered with an interest in STEM! 

What age group is SeaPerch appropriate for?

Any age from 6th grade through college freshmen can benefit from the program, as it's easily scalable for those ages depending on how you wish to use it.

If you will be using the kits with younger students, we recommend lots of supervision and that you allow extra time for completion of the build.

Please keep in mind that the tools and supplies that are used during a build require dexterity and good hand-eye coordination. For this reason, we typically recommend building the ROVs with kids who are in at least 6th grade.

Check out some of the training videos that we have on our website to get a better idea of what your students would be doing during their build. The videos can be found under the "Getting Started" tab on the SeaPerch home page. 

How long does the build take? What is the time commitment that is required for a successful program?

SeaPerch is scalable to meet your needs and learning outcomes. It takes approximately 10 hours for students to build the SeaPerch and test it.  Add a few hours for redesign for a competition. If you wish to stretch it out and incorporate other activities/teaching units into the actual build, some schools have taken a whole semester to build the SeaPerches. It's all up to you and what concepts/outcomes you want to teach and achieve.

Can SeaPerch be done as a solo project?

Yes, absolutely!

Is there a competition in my area?

Check with your Regional Coordinator by going to the list of regions with contact information for each designated coordinator. The list can be accessed by clicking on the following link, See Region Map...

How can I get connected with others doing SeaPerch in my area?

Go to the SeaPerch Website and click on the map of the US, which will show the names of the programs near you. When you find a program(s) nearest you, we will provide contact information for the adult leaders of those programs upon request.

Do I need training?

We offer teacher training as an option for those of you who would like to be trained in the building of the SeaPerch. On-site training is offered in several locations at set times throughout the year, currently Bethesda, MD, Annapolis, MD, and Newport, RI. Check our website regularly for announcements about training at these locations.

If on-site training is not an option for you, our online training videos can walk you through the entire build process and are available for beginner or advanced users. The videos can be viewed at any time, and stopped and started as needed. Videos may be supported at various times with live webcasts for troubleshooting.

You will need to have a SeaPerch kit and tool kit in front of you prior to beginning the online training.

What if we don't have a pool?

Many times, local hotels, YMCAs or colleges will allow access for your testing and Challenge, once you explain your mission. If all else fails, you can purchase a small INTEX above-ground pool.

How many kits should I plan to use?

We recommend 3 to 4 students on a kit to encourage the teamwork aspect of the project.

Do I need tools?

There is a teacher tool kit that you can order as well which provides everything you will need to build the SeaPerch. We recommend one teacher tool kit for every 10 individual SeaPerch Kits ordered.

What does it cost?

For current pricing and ordering, just visit the website and click  Order Kits and Parts 

I would like to do this, but have limited funding. Can you help?

Through the Office of Naval Research (ONR), there may be some grant funding available to help provide up to ten kits and one tool kit to help you get started. There is a short grant application that you will be asked to complete as part of the kit ordering process. To apply for a grant, start here.

What if I have a sponsor willing to help me fund part or all of the kits I need?

This will help us bring SeaPerch to an even larger audience of eager students!

How can I organize a competition? Are there guidelines available?

The SeaPerch regional competitions are held at various times during the year and organized by volunteers within the region.  There are detailed instructions and ideas in the Resource and Activity Guide on what you need to do to organize a local, district or regional SeaPerch challenge.

Is there a curriculum?

A Resource and Activity Guide is available which includes an overview of how to start a program, makes suggestions for managing a SeaPerch competition in your area, and provides information to help students, teachers, and mentors make STEM career connections.

Can I add enhancements?

You can purchase any small underwater camera and add it onto the vehicle. A sensor suite may also be added which can measure and report. These will be made available on the website soon.

How do the pre-assessment and post-assessment surveys work? Why do we do them?

The SeaPerch pre-assessments and post-assessments are surveys that are intended to gauge the progress that students make during the course of participating in a SeaPerch build program. The pre-assessment survey can be taken any time prior to the start of the actual learning activities, and is intended to capture a baseline measure of interest and knowledge. The post-assessment survey should be taken directly following the completion of the program. For some students, this may be after a semester long course. For others, this may be at the culmination of a daylong event.

The pre- and post-assessment surveys are administered through an online survey tool and a special code is linked to each program so that we can link the results to your school or program. Note that individual student responses, pre- or post-, are not tracked so there is no personally identifiable information that is linked to any student. We aggregate the survey results by program, not by student.

The SeaPerch program is funded by the Navy through the Office of Naval Research, so it is critical that we demonstrate measurable success in helping to get kids excited about learning, and to generate interest in STEM. This is a requirement of the program.

Is there a hard copy of the surveys I can look at to prepare for distribution? Some of our students may need extra time to complete the survey online, so we need to prepare.

Yes, please contact us to request a copy of the survey.

Ordering kits and supplies

How do I get kits?

Order them on the website with a credit card, or submit a purchase order with your order as a upload. For current pricing and ordering, just visit the website and click  Order Kits and Parts 

Can I order kits if I'm outside the U.S.?

Absolutely! However, grant funding is not available for programs outside of the U.S. Additional shipping costs may apply.

Can I buy just one kit?

Yes. Just visit the website and click "Order Kits and Parts" on the right hand side and you will be on your way! Consider whether you need to purchase a tool kit; if you don't have the tools a list of them can be viewed from the order page.

We did SeaPerch last year and have the batteries from our first set of kits. Can we order kits without batteries at a reduced cost?

Yes. ROV kits without batteries are available in the "Order Kits and Parts" section. Be sure to choose "ROV kits without batteries" only if you already have SeaPerch kit batteries from a previous build.

Where is the list of parts included in a SeaPerch ROV kit?

A list of the parts found in the SeaPerch ROV kit can be found by navigating to the following link,  Order Kits and Parts  and clicking on the image of merchandise available.

Do orders really need to be placed online? I would prefer to place my order by telephone or fax.

All orders must be submitted through the website. The information you enter at the time of order is critical data that we need to ensure continued funding of the program. Also, it's the fastest way to get your order processed and shipped. If you encounter any technical difficulties using the web ordering system, please get in touch with us.

What payment methods are accepted?

Two payment methods are accepted. You can (1) upload a purchase order and then be sent an invoice via email, or you can (2) pay using a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express through our secure website.

I need to prepare a purchase order. To whom should the purchase order be made payable?

Please make the purchase order payable to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation, 2700 S. Quincy Street, Ste. 400, Arlington, VA 22206. You can download the AUVSI W-9 form here.

How can I obtain a copy of the grant application I submitted?

To request a copy of the grant application you submitted, contact us.

How can I obtain a copy of my invoice/receipt?

To request a copy, contact us.

I have placed an order and need to cancel it. What should I do?

Please contact us using the contact form and ask to have your order cancelled. We will do our best to help. Be sure to include the date you placed the order and the name of the person who placed it. Please note that it may not be possible to cancel orders that have been shipped.

I just placed my order and I need to make a change to it (e.g. change quantities, substitute items). What should I do?

Please contact us using the contact form and let us know what you need to change and we will do our best to help. Be sure to include the date you placed the order and the name of the person who placed it. Please note that it may not be possible to modify orders that have been shipped.

I am having trouble with the online ordering system on the website. How can I get technical support?

Contact us using the contact form. Please include as much detail as you can, such as which page you were on when you encountered problems, what you were trying to do, and any error messages you saw.

Shipping

When can I get started? How long will it take to receive my kits?

Our fulfillment center usually requires at least a three week lead time for processing, so please plan accordingly when placing your order.

I need my kits sooner. Can my shipment be expedited?

Additional costs my be accruedcontact us.

Do you ship outside the United States?

Yes. Additional shipping charges will apply for international orders.

What are the shipping costs?

For U.S. orders, shipping and handling is included in the prices shown. Shipping outside the United States is available at additional cost. Please contact us with any questions about international shipping timeframes and costs.

If I apply for grant funding to support my program, how will I know if the grant was approved?

You will receive an email confirming the approval of your grant.

During the build

My build start date has changed. What should I do?

Thank you for asking about this. It is important for us to have correct program start & end dates for our recordkeeping. Please contact us so that we can update your build dates in the web system. Include your program name and location. This helps us make sure that your pre-assessment surveys are sent at the appropriate times and helps us make sure we are reporting accurate information about the SeaPerch program.

I need the URLs (web addresses) for the pre- and post-assessment surveys for my students. How can I get them?

The pre- and post-assessment survey links are emailed to you approximately two weeks prior to your build start date. If you need them provided again, please contact us to request them.

Pre- and Post-Assessment Surveys

How do the surveys work?

The SeaPerch pre-assessments and post-assessments are surveys that are intended to gauge the progress that students make during the course of participating in a SeaPerch build program. The pre-assessment survey can be taken any time prior to the start of the actual learning activities, and is intended to capture a baseline measure of interest and knowledge. The post-assessment survey should be taken directly following the completion of the program. For some students, this may be after a semester long course. For others, this may be at the culmination of a daylong event.

The pre- and post-assessment surveys are administered through an online survey tool and a special code is linked to each program so that we can link the results to your school or program. Note that individual student responses, pre- or post-, are not tracked so there is no personally identifiable information that is linked to any student. We aggregate the survey results by program, not by student.

The SeaPerch program is funded by the Navy through the Office of Naval Research, so it is critical that we demonstrate measurable success in helping to get kids excited about learning, and to generate interest in STEM. This is a requirement of the program.

Why is it necessary to complete the pre- and post-assessment surveys online? I would prefer to administer paper and pencil surveys to my students.

The surveys are administered through an online tool called Survey Monkey. This allows us to capture data from programs across the country. As we have limited funds, we use this electronic method to expedite the capture of data and this method ensures consistency in the data that we collect.  We do not have resources available to enter data via paper surveys.

My survey instructions refer to a program ID number but I cannot find this. What should I do?

An old version of the survey instructions referred to a program ID number, but this is no longer needed. You can ignore any reference to a program ID number.

Is there a printed copy of the surveys that I can review before directing my students to complete the survey online?

Yes, we can provide you with a printable copy of the surveys (in PDF form).  These can be used for review purposes only as we cannot receive paper surveys from any programs.  If you wish to distribute the surveys to your students via these paper surveys, you must accept responsibility for entering the data using the URL provided.

To request a PDF copy of the survey or for additional questions on the survey, please contact us.

Do you collect personal student information in the assessments/surveys?
To protect privacy, we do not collect personal information on individual students.

Regional and National Challenges

How do the SeaPerch regional and national challenges work?

The SeaPerch regional competitions are held at various times during the year and organized by volunteers within the region.  There are detailed instructions and ideas in the Resource and Activity Guide on what you need to do to organize a local, district or regional SeaPerch challenge.

The annual National Challenge is held in May in a different city each year.  It is organized jointly by the National SeaPerch Team and by the host region incorporating that city, and brings together up to 100 winning student teams from regional competitions across the nation for a one-day series of juried in-pool events, and poster presentations to determine the middle and high school national champions.  The events are described on the website and specifications are provided for teams to construct and practice the in-pool events prior to the National Challenge.

I want to participate in the SeaPerch challenge, but my school does not have an existing team. In order to plan for the competition, and start the team, we need to know when and where the regional competitions are. Where can we find information about regional competitions near us?

Click on the following link, www.seaperch.org/region_map, to find a list of regions, their locations and contact information for the regional coordinators who will be able to tell you when and where their regional competitions will be held. Also, check the SeaPerch Calendar of Events for the dates of upcoming regional competitions.

Is it possible for me to attend the National SeaPerch Challenge as an observer without bringing a team? We have just started our program.  I am interested in seeing the competition.

Yes, you may attend the National Challenge as an observer and find food on your own, or you may wish to register thereby qualifying for the welcome party on Friday night, a box lunch on Saturday and attendance at the Awards Banquet that night.  Registration for observers is available on the National Challenge web page.

We are interested in starting a SeaPerch region near me. Can you please provide some guidance and details on how we might go about doing this?

First verify that there isn't already a region in your area.  If there is not, check the U.S. map on the SeaPerch home page for SeaPerch programs near you.  Upon request we may be able to connect you with the leaders of those programs. This will allow you to reach out with the intent to form a small group interested in developing a district, or perhaps a larger group desirous of developing a region.  The Resource and Activity Guide can be a valuable tool in helping you organize and operate a SeaPerch district or region.

We are in an area without a regional competition and we are interested in participating in the national challenge. Will there be spots available? How should we proceed?

Visit the SeaPerch website for information concerning this years National Challenge.

How do we figure out what region we fall in? Also, where can we get more information about when the regional competition would be?

Check the SeaPerch Regional Map and get in touch with your regional coordinator.

Last year, my school did SeaPerch as an after-school activity. It was a great activity and the students thoroughly enjoyed it. This year, we are hoping to expand the program and compete in challenges. As I am reading through the competition guidelines it states that we need to compete at a regional event. How do we figure out what region we fall into? Also, where can we get more information about when the regional competition would be?

Go to the SeaPerch Regional Map and determine if you are close enough to compete in that region's next competition, and contact the Regional Coordinator for specific information about that region's activities. You may also go to the SeaPerch Events Calendar to find out when and where regional competitions are being held. 

What happens if we do not have a region within a reasonable amount of miles?

You may want to start a SeaPerch district or region in your area if there are a number of programs that are geographically close, or approximately within an hour of each other. Then, follow the previous discussion concerning how to form a region.