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2018 Engineering Notebook

Page updates:

02/27/2018 - Added "Provide a detailed breakdown and total cost associated with materials for the ROV modifications." to Required Content section.  This requirement was already in the Engineering Notebook Guide.

02/26/2018 - Revised 2018 Engineering Notebook Challenge Rubric (v2018-02-26)

02/15/2018 - Changed "handwritten/printed" to "handprinted" on this page.  The word "handwritten" in the Engineering Notebook Guide should be understood to mean "handprinted".

Please make sure that you have the most recent Engineering Notebook Guide and rubrics (click here).  

Teams registering for the 2018 International SeaPerch Challenge will receive a checklist with detailed instructions for submitting their Engineering Notebook.

SeaPerch Engineering Notebook Challenge

Using an Engineering Notebook provides a good learning experience, and allows students to demonstrate their understanding of engineering principles and design concepts.

The Engineering Notebook is used to measure the team’s ability to document the engineering design process used to design and modify their SeaPerch to meet the pool challenges. The Engineering Notebook is not intended to document the construction of the standard SeaPerch ROV.

Teams competing in the International SeaPerch Challenge will submit their engineering notebook online as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file prior to the International SeaPerch Challenge.  The engineering notebooks will be judged by a panel of judges and the top teams from each division (middle school, high school, and open class) will qualify to present at the International SeaPerch Challenge.  The teams that qualify to present will be notified two weeks prior to the challenge.  A list of qualifying teams will also be posted on the SeaPerch website on the SeaPerch Challenge notebook page.  The number of teams in each division that qualify will be determined by SeaPerch staff and may differ for each division.

The presentations at the International SeaPerch Challenge will be judged by a team of engineers, educators, and other professionals.  Scoring will follow the International SeaPerch Challenge Presentation Rubric.  The same rubric will be used for all divisions. 

The Engineering Notebook Challenge score is used with the pool event scores to determine the overall International SeaPerch Challenge score.  Presentation scores are only used to determine the placement in the Presentation Challenge.

SeaPerch Engineering Notebook Challenge Rules

  1. The SeaPerch ROV and engineering notebook must be solely a product of the students' own efforts, ideas, and designs.  Teachers, mentors, and others my advise students, but may not create content for the notebook.  For inclusion in the engineering notebook, graphics such as computer-aided design (CAD) or other types of drawings, photos, and sketches must be the work of the students that are part of the SeaPerch team. 
  2. Teams must submit an electronic copy (PDF file) of a physical handprinted notebook.  PDF Files that do not adhere to the following naming and content rules will not be judged and will be given a score of zero:
    1. The Engineering Notebook must be submitted as a single Portable Document Format (PDF) file. 
    2. The following naming convention must be used: Division_SchoolName_TeamName.pdf, example: MS_DownTownHigh_Robonuts.pdf.
      1. Valid Division designations are OC for Open Class, HS for High School, or MS for Middle School.  You must use the Division that the team is registered in. 
    3. Must be no more than 16MB in size. 
    4. Must be formatted as 8-1/2” x 11” pages (portrait layout).  Pages that have drawings or other graphics taking up the entire page may be in landscape layout.
    5. Must be no more than 24 pages in total length including cover, team information page, table of contents page, and reference page .
    6. Placing multiple original pages on a single PDF page is not allowed. 
    7. The PDF file may not contain videos, animated GIFs, or other dynamic content. 
    • The notebook should document the engineering design process and specific steps taken in designing and modifying the SeaPerch ROV to complete the International SeaPerch Challenge pool events. 
    • While the notebook is limited to 24 pages in total length, teams may choose to keep a “working engineering notebook” from which they create the engineering notebook for the Engineering Notebook Challenge.  This allows the teams to fully document their SeaPerch experience without regards to the 24 page limit and use only the content they deem relevant and that follows the Engineering Notebook Challenge Rubric.
    • The notebook may consist of hand sketches, photos, computer-aided design (CAD) drawings, charts, and graphs.  Photos, CAD drawings, and other computer generated entries should be taped to the notebook page and labeled. Notes and other documentation must be handwritten.
    • Neatness counts.  Faded text, faded graphics, small graphics that do not show detail, sloppy handwriting, and handwriting that is too small to easily read will be causes for point reductions.  Examples are provided in the Engineering Notebook Guide.  Thoroughly review the PDF file before submitting it.
    • The Cover page must be created using the template available on this page.  The Cover page information must match the information used when registering for the International SeaPerch Challenge.

    Required Content

    The SeaPerch Engineering Notebook must include the following (in order listed):

    1. Cover Page (The Cover page must be created using the template available at the bottom of this web page.)
      1. School or club name
      2. City and State
      3. Team name
      4. ROV name (optional)
      5. Project title
      6. Photo of final ROV
    2. Team Information Page (one page only) Do not include student or team bio or story.  This information will be collected separately and will not be part of the Engineering Notebook Challenge.
      1. Teacher, coach, mentor, or advisor name and email address
      2. Name (list first name only), grade level, and role(s) in project for each student. If two or more students have the same first name, use an identifying letter following the first name (do not use last names).
      3. Optional team picture
    3. Table of Contents Page
      1. The Table of Contents page may be handwritten, typed, or digitally created.
      2. The Table of Contents page must include descriptive titles and page numbers to each page following the Table of Contents.
    4. Content (research, design, and testing documentation)
      1. Provide details of each step taken in the engineering design process. 
      2. Use the SeaPerch Challenge pool events as the project problem.
      3. Research and document the engineering design process  for additional problems such as; 1) designing a more efficient motor case, 2) designing an optimal Kort nozzle, 3) may be even design a motor case with an integrated Kort nozzle, 4) design an adjustable buoyancy system, or 5) solving or improving any number of problems related to ROVs.
      4. Provide sketches, drawings, charts, and other graphics and written documentation describing solution and design concepts, design iterations, tests performed, and test results.
      5. Include engineering and scientific terms and concepts to demonstrate the team’s understanding of the challenges of constructing and operating an underwater ROV.
      6. Provide a detailed breakdown and total cost associated with materials for the ROV modifications.
      7. All pages should be numbered and listed in the Table of Contents.
    5. References
      1. The Reference (Citation) page may be handwritten, typed, or digitally created
      2. The Reference (Citation) page must follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style guide.
      3. In-text citation is allowed.

    Notebook Challenge and Presentation Challenge Documents

    Word Engineering Notebook Cover Template (MS Word .docx format) 

    RTF Engineering Notebook Cover template (Rich Text Format .rtf)

    PDF file2018 Engineering Notebook Guide (01-16-2018)

    PDF file2018 Engineering Notebook Challenge Rubric (v2018-02-26) 

    PDF file2018 Presentation Rubric (v2017-11-04a)

    PDF file2018 Presentation Info Sheet

    SeaPerch Challenge Blog


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