Who are building the sea-perch?

Who are building the sea-perch?
Posted by Captain Nemo at 2017-03-20 10:38:40

Are 6th-8th grade students only allowed to build the seaperch? Can I bring in some local engineers from NASA? I see a lot of these sea mullets on the YouTube that weren't built by students. Seems to be helped by people with an education higher than a thirteen year old. I have lots and lots of water experience, running a crew, ROV, and many others I won't bore you with here. I just want a fair competition. 

Lets work to make sea perch great again. Let's make our oceans great again. Let's make our students great again

If you can not ensure beyond a reasonable doubt that every team competes with a STUDENT designed and built device you competition is worthless and fraudulent

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Re: Who are building the sea-perch?
Posted by Jim Kazmer at 2017-04-10 15:25:47

I agree with you completely that these are student projects, and must be designed and built by students.

This is a STEM program; it is meant to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math principals.  As a teacher/mentor/coach, you should be teaching, showing, and demonstrating science and engineering principals that get your students thinking and having "ah-ha" moments during their build process.  If you have access to others that can teach and demonstrate, pull them in.

All six of our teams started with the base Sea Perch and then iterated through other designs.  One team went through 8 builds of six different designs. I spent a lot of time teaching:

  • how to: use the tools (safely), use CAD, cut pipe, join pipe, attach floats, alternate build methods (duct tape is never overrated).
  • the science behind: drag, bouyancy, ballast, thrust
  • the math behind: drag, bouyancy, ballast, thrust
  • discussions around how these concepts affect a low speed sea perch
  • how these concepts affect high speed aircraft

You get the idea... we never had enough time to cover things to enough depth. Many of our students went and researched more on their own.

Good luck! 

Captain Nemo wrote on 2017-03-20 10:38:40:

Are 6th-8th grade students only allowed to build the seaperch? Can I bring in some local engineers from NASA? I see a lot of these sea mullets on the YouTube that weren't built by students. Seems to be helped by people with an education higher than a thirteen year old. I have lots and lots of water experience, running a crew, ROV, and many others I won't bore you with here. I just want a fair competition. 

Lets work to make sea perch great again. Let's make our oceans great again. Let's make our students great again

If you can not ensure beyond a reasonable doubt that every team competes with a STUDENT designed and built device you competition is worthless and fraudulent



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