Over 100 students from throughout Charleston recently competed in the 2017 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge at the Danny Jones Pool complex in North Charleston.
Teams from local high and middle schools designed underwater robots and competed with them in various challenges. Students were also judged on their poster and presentation skills, and an overall composite score determined the winner of the event for both middle and high school age students.
Local schools competing included:
- Buist Academy MS
- C.E.Williams MS for the Creative and Scientific Arts
- Charleston Math and Science Charter School
- Laing MS of Science and Technology
- North Charleston HS
- Summerville HS
- Wando HS
- West Ashley HS
Mr. Jonathan Zucker delivered an inspiring keynote message before the competition began. He reminded students about the vast amounts of the seafloor that remain unexplored, and the potential discoveries that await mankind as we perfect our underwater exploration equipment.
West Ashley High School brought home the overall 1st place trophy for the high schools division.
Students from Laing Middle School were the overall winner in the middle school division.
This event was made possible thanks to countless volunteer hours. Special thanks to the following list of leading sponsors of this year’s Charleston SeaPerch event!
- Little Caesars
- Charleston Scuba
- STEM Centers SC
- Homegrown Hospitality
- City of North Charleston – Recreation Department
- Charleston County School District Science Department, and many others!
CCSD K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore led the planning efforts and day of event coordination for this event.Thanks to EV Bell, Marine Education Specialist with SC SeaGrant Consortium for her remarks as closing speaker at the event!
Middle School Division: Overall winner to Nationals Laing MS Team # 6
Please enjoy these additional pictures from the event: