2019 SeaPerch Challenge

Welcome to the 2019 SeaPerch Season! As we kick-off the season, we are excited to share information that we hope will be helpful as you and your team embark on your SeaPerch build and prepare for competition.

This season we will be incorporating some new features and opportunities to expand on your original SeaPerch design and build. As you begin your build, please share questions and ideas on our new forum. If you would like to stay up to date on all things SeaPerch, please join our email list and follow us on social media.

2019 SeaPerch Challenge Announcement Location

Pool Courses

Similar to past seasons, this year’s competition will include two in-pool components: an obstacle course and a challenge course.

The Obstacle Course tests high-speed maneuverability and requires your SeaPerch to navigate the course as quickly as possible. The SeaPerch operator must develop the skill to turn and adjust the vertical position (dive or ascend) while driving in full or near full speed and must also be able to quickly reverse the SeaPerch to make corrections if it is off course. Please note: there is no guarantee of the position of the obstacle course hoops at Regional Challenges or the 2019 SeaPerch Challenge, so operators should not try to memorize actions such as in playing a video game but should instead practice a variety of general high-speed maneuvers.

The Mission Course will incorporate a mission that teams must complete with their SeaPerch related to a Rescue and Recovery Mission.

For more details on the 2019 SeaPerch Challenge technical tasks and detailed course build documents, please visit the Challenge Course page.

2019 Mission Challenge

Record Your Engineering ProcessEngineering Notebook Bots

Engineering notebooks are used by engineers to document ideas and the steps taken to solve engineering problems during design projects. It is strongly recommended that teams maintain an engineering notebook to document the engineering process used to design and modify their SeaPerch ROV to meet the pool challenges. During registration, teams who are invited to the 2019 SeaPerch Challenge will be asked to submit their engineering notebooks or a short (2 minute) engineering process video and will be scored against a rubric by a panel of judges. Submission instructions and engineering process rules and rubrics for notebooks and videos is included on the Engineering Process page.

SeaPerch in the Wild - Citizen Science

SeaPerch in the Wild_reducedIt’s a lot of fun to build a SeaPerch and compete in a closed environment like a pool but did you know there are many applications for SeaPerch outside of the pool? From underwater exploration to data collection and clean-up, SeaPerches can be modified to research and respond to real-world questions and challenges facing all of our communities. This year, we’re going to pose a few broad challenge topics to our SeaPerch community and invite teams who will compete at the 2019 SeaPerch Challenge to present their ideas, research, and prototypes at the event. Don’t worry if you aren’t coming to the event, there will be way for you to share your ideas virtually too! Visit the new Citizen Science page to learn more about our first three citizen science challenges.

Regional Competitions Around the World

2019 Regionals Map_NovRegistration for regional competitions that would like to offer qualifying spots for the 2019 SeaPerch Challenge is open through November 30, 2018. If you have not yet registered your event, please completea host registration form. 

Visit the Regional Competition page for a map and list of the current approved regional qualifiers for the 2019 season. The final list of approved regional qualifiers will be available on December 1st.

If you live in an area that does not have a local qualifying competition shown on the regional competition page and would be interested in learning more about hosting an event, please contact us at info@seaperch.org

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