Teams from Charleston Charter School for Math and Science (CCSMS) and Laing Middle School beat out their peers in the 9th annual Charleston SeaPerch Regional Challenge to claim overall victories.
Team #4 from CCSMS and Team #16 from Laing are going to the International SeaPerch Challenge at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD June 1-2, 2019.
Thirteen teams from schools throughout Charleston County School District (CCSD) and the Trident region competed at the Danny Jones Pool in North Charleston using their underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV) in two different events: a challenge course and an obstacle course. Teams also received scores on their Engineering Notebook presentations.
Teams from the following local school competed:
- Academic Magnet HS
- Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
- North Charleston HS
- Summerville HS
- Buist Academy
- C. E. Williams MS
- Jane Edwards ES
- Pinewood Preparatory School
The following teams finished first in the three separate competitions:
HS – CCSMS Team #3
MS – Laing Team #17
HS – CCSMS Team #4
MS – Buist Academy Team #9
Mission: Rescue & Recovery
HS – CCSMS Team #4
MS – Laing Team #16
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build a ROV in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem-solving, teamwork, and technical applications.
As part of the Charleston Navy Week celebration (March 11-15, 2019), Navy personnel participated in the Charleston SeaPerch Challenge as divers, judges, and team escorts.
CCSD would like to thank the many volunteers who gave their time to this competition, and to SPAWAR, the City of North Charleston, North Charleston Police Department, CVS Pharmacy, Charleston SCUBA, and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for their sponsorship and support of the Charleston SeaPerch Regional Challenge.
To learn more about SeaPerch, visit http://seaperch.org/.
Story written by Sully Recine, Public Relations Officer, Charleston County School District and also published here: