2020 International SeaPerch Challenge Teams

CONGRATULATIONS ON QUALIFYING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL SEAPERCH CHALLENGE!

This website page is a complete registration and competition requirements guide to be used by the 2020 International SeaPerch Challenge Qualifying Teams.

The deadline for completing all registration steps is April 30, 2020. We urge you to carefully read the details below and to complete your registration as soon as possible. Registration includes multiple steps and waiting until the last minute may jeopardize your participation.

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Schedule

Dates: May 29 - 31, 2020

Location: University of Maryland, Eppley Recreation Center, 4128 Valley Drive College Park, MD 20742

Click here to download: Prelim Schedule

FRIDAY, May 29 Team Arrival
2:00 pm - 11:59 pm Dorm Check-in -- 24 Hour Desk at Dorm
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm Team Check-in and Compliance Review
All teams should check in and complete compliance review on Friday between 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Please choose your appropriate check-in time when you register your team. Teams arriving late will be able to check-in for housing in their assigned dorm building. Teams missing team check-in on Friday will check in on Saturday, May 30 from 7:30 am - 8:30 am at Eppley Recereation Center.
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Dinner for Dorm Residents

SATURDAY, May 30 Competition Day 1
6:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast for Dorm Residents
7:30 am - 8:30 am Team Check-in and Compliance Review
8:45 am - 9:30 am Opening Ceremony
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Pool Competition -- Challenge Course
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Team Presentations
11:00 am - 4:00 pm STEM Expo and Citizen Science Activity
11:30 am - 2:00 pm Lunch for Attendees
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Dinner for Dorm Residents
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm SeaPerch Team Social

SUNDAY, May 31 Competition Day 2
12:00 am - 5:00 pm Dorm Check-out
6:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast for Dorm Residents
9:00 am - 2:00 pm Pool Competition -- Obstacle Course
9:00 am - 2:00 pm STEM Expo and Citizen Science Activity
11:30 am - 2:00 pm Lunch for Attendees
3:00 pm Awards Ceremony
4:00 pm Teams Depart
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Dinner for Dorm Residents

MONDAY, June 1
6:30 am - 8:00 am Breakfast for Dorm Residents
7:00 am - 11:00 am Dorm Check-out

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Team Registration

Deadline: April 30, 2020 | No refunds will be made after April 30th.

Complete Steps 1-3 to register your team. A team's registration will not be deemed complete until payment has been received. 

(NEW in 2020!) SeaPerch Challenge (SPC) Team ID: The SPC Team ID will be issued to each qualified team within one week of qualifying for the 2020 International SeaPerch Challenge via e-mail. This SPC Team ID will be required to complete event registration and technical submissions. 

Click to REGISTER as a QUALIFIED TEAM. * required

TEAM CHECKLIST

STEP 1: General Registration & Payment (on RegFox) * required

(a) Submit team information and select your competition class on the RegFox Registration.

(b) Register all attendees (chaperones -- max. 4 / students -- max. 15) and upload attendee forms.

(c) Pay all competition fees: ROV fee ($225/team), attendee fees ($100/student, $100/chaperone), and dorm housing fees (fee varies by package selected). Payments will only be accepted by credit card or PayPal. This must be completed prior to progressing to the Technical Submission form (Step 2).

(d) Following submission, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to create a registration account and instructions for accessing the Technical Submission form (Step 2).

**TEAMS ARE LIMITED TO NO MORE THAN 15 STUDENTS AND 4 CHAPERONES. ANY ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS MAY REGISTER AS SPECTATORS**

Deadline: April 30, 2020 | No refunds will be made after April 30th.

PDF fileClick to download: Team Registration General Instructions

PDF fileClick to download: Registration Template (Fillable Format) - PDF

Click to download: Registration Template (Fillable Format) - Word

STEP 2: Technical Submissions (on Submittable) included in scoring

After completing STEP 1, you will need to follow the instructions provided in your registration confirmation email to upload your Technical Submissions for judging / review in the Submittable platform.

Deadline: April 30, 2020

STEP 3: Travel Arrangements * required

Secure travel from your location to the competition. Registration opens at 2:00 pm Friday, May 29, 2020 and the competition will end at approximately 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

YOUTH PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS

RoboNation is committed to ensuring the safety of every child by empowering involved adults to prevent child abuse. In order to accomplish this goal, all registered chaperones must complete a background check and agree to abide by the RoboNation Youth Protection Policy (YPP) in order to supervise minor children at the SeaPerch Challenge.

PDF fileClick to download: 2020 RoboNation Youth Protection Policy.

Any registered chaperone who has not completed the background check and submitted the acknowledgement agreeing to abide by the Youth Protection Policy will not be able to participate as a chaperone at the SeaPerch Challenge. If a team does not have a registered and cleared chaperone, the team will not be allowed to participate in the SeaPerch Challenge or stay in dorm housing.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

U.S. Chaperones | How to complete your background check:

  1. Follow this link: https://app.verifiedvolunteers.com/
  2. Using the Volunteers Portal, log into your account or create an account.
  3. Select “GET VERIFIED” and enter Good Deed code: fgor96p
  4. Complete the background check application and submit. 
  5. For assistance, please call Sterling Volunteers at 855-326-1860.

International Chaperones | How to complete your background check:

  • Team Point Of Contact's please contact Cheri Koch at ckoch@robonation.org for further instructions.

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Mission: Waterway Cleanup

Similar to past seasons, the 2020 International SeaPerch Challenge will include two in-pool components: (1) an obstacle course and (2) a mission course. Find all the course build guides available for download on the 2020 Pool Course page. 

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Technical Submissions

Engineering Process | Presentations - Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31

The Technical Design Report should provide an overview of each team's unique design, approach, and reflection on the Engineering Process. This report constitutes 1/3 of a team’s overall score. Not submitting a Technical Design Report will disqualify teams from this component of the competition and result in a significantly lower overall score.

Teams that scored in the top of their respective class during engineering process judging are invited to present during the competition. The goal of these sessions is to highlight the efforts of teams and to promote discussion surrounding the engineering process. Presentations are open to all teams, mentors and spectators to observe. 

Citizen Science Projects | Tech Talks - Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31

The four projects described on the Citizen Science page (or others that you may brainstorm) will be included as optional components for the Challenge. Although the specific tasks may look familiar to this year’s mission course, take inspiration from your local community and address a specific real-world challenge related to the topic. 

Select teams will be invited to present short tech talks introducing their citizen science concept and novel SeaPerch design for real-world applications. These talks will be structured as short sessions and are open to all teams, mentors and spectators to observe.

Presentation Schedule

Teams invited to present during the 2020 International SeaPerch Challenge will be notified on May 15, 2020.

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University of Maryland Dorm Housing

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Payments will only be accepted by credit card. No refunds after April 30, 2020.

(NEW in 2020!) Dorm Registration: The option to register and pay for dorm housing is included in your team registration. As you register each chaperone / student, you will be prompted with the choice to register for UMD Dorm Housing. Only registered students and cleared, registered chaperones (max. of 4 chaperones per team) may stay in the dorms. 

PDF fileClick to download: UMD Dorm Housing Packages.

PACKAGES DATES COST MEALS

A 

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

2 NIGHTS

Check-in: Friday, 5/29/2020

Check-out: Sunday, 5/31/2020

$190.00 per person Meals (6) begin with Friday dinner and end with Sunday lunch.

A 

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

2 NIGHTS

Check-in: Friday, 5/29/2020

Check-out: Sunday, 5/31/2020

$290.00 per person Meals (6) begin with Friday dinner and end with Sunday lunch.

B 

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

3 NIGHTS

Check-in: Friday, 5/29/2020

Check-out: Monday, 6/1/2020

$270.00 per person Meals (8) begin with Friday dinner and end with Monday breakfast.

B 

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

3 NIGHTS

Check-in: Friday, 5/29/2020

Check-out: Monday, 6/1/2020

$390.00 per person Meals (8) begin with Friday dinner and end with Monday breakfast.

C 

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

1 NIGHT

Check-in: Saturday, 5/30/2020

Check-out: Sunday, 5/31/2020

$115.00 per person Meals (4) begin with Saturday lunch and end with Sunday lunch.

C 

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

1 NIGHT

Check-in: Saturday, 5/30/2020

Check-out: Sunday, 5/31/2020

$165.00 per person Meals (4) begin with Saturday lunch and end with Sunday lunch.

Linens included in each package are: 2 sheets, 1 blanket, 1 pillow, 1 pillowcase and 2 towels.

Please remember to bring personal items including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, hair dryers and a washcloth. Bringing an additional blanket is recommended as the dorms may be chilly. 

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Off-Campus Lodging

Check back soon for more hotels with special SeaPerch discounts!

Holiday Inn Express & Suites College Park - University Area

  • Address: 9020 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740
  • Phone: (301) 441-8110
  • SeaPerch Challenge discounts:
    • Double Queen or King Room with breakfast - $119.00/night plus tax
    • Check-in Date: May 29, 2020 / Check-out Date: June 2, 2020
    • Cut-off Date: April 30, 2020 (After April 30, 2020 rooms may be booked at prevailing rate.)

Click the Website Link to book a room with the SeaPerch discount. If you have any issues, please call the hotel directly.

Additional Hotels near the University of Maryland: Click here! (These do not have any SeaPerch discounts available.)

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Travel Information

For additional information related to travelling to the University of Maryland, please visit University of Maryland's Getting to Campus webpage.

Travel MapLOCAL AIRPORTS:

  • BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 30mi
  • Reagan National Airport (DCA): 16mi
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD): 35mi

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

  • Metrorail from Washington, DC
  • MARC from Baltimore
  • Amtrak to Washington, DC or New Carrolton, MD

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Parking Information

Parking at UMD is limited and all visitors must pay to park on campus ($3 per hour) unless parked in the Terrapin Trail Garage. During the weekend, parking is free in the parking lots/garages only. Metered parking is enforced seven days a week. Learn more about UMD parking at https://dots.umd.edu/visitor-parking-map.

Click HERE for an enlarged view of the event parking map to the right.UMD Parking Map_SPC20

Parking Directions: If you are driving a vehicle to campus, you will need to navigate towards the Terrapin Trail Garage and park in LOT 6, located inside the garage.  

Teams arriving on Friday May 29, may park in LOT 6 ONLY (Terrapin Trail Garage) for Team Check-in.

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Spectator Registration 

Teams are limited to no more than 15 students and 4 chaperones. Any additional participants, classmates, teachers, mentors, advisors, parents or friends may register as spectators. The competition is open to the public, registering as a spectator is not required to attend the competition.

Click to REGISTER as a SPECTATOR.

The Spectator Registration fee is $55 per person. Registering as a spectator includes access to the following:

    • Pool Observation
    • Team Pit Area
    • STEM Expo
    • Presentations
    • Lunch | Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 lunch at the University of Maryland Diner.
    • T-shirt | Select a size when you register and pick up your official SeaPerch Challenge t-shirt upon check-in.

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Questions? 

Check out the SeaPerch Challenge Forum -- it's likely that your question has an answer there. If not, post your question on the forum and we will post an answer ASAP! You need to be logged in to your SeaPerch account to post a question.

If you have any further questions, please e-mail Karen Osborn at seaperchchallenge@robonation.org.

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