Robot competition at Rowan University

Underwater robotics will compete at Rowan University.

The Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering at Rowan University, will host 46 teams of middle school and high school students from throughout the state for the New Jersey Regional SeaPerch robot competition sponsored by NAVAIR Lakehurst on Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Rowan Recreation Center pool and Esby Gym located (off 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, New Jersey).

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting.

Students build the ROV from a kit composed 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, science, technology, engineering, 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.

Judges will consist of Rowan student volunteers, NAVAIR Lakehurst engineers and Navy recruiting district officers.

A small army of Rowan student engineers will register and check-in teams, escort students around the campus, judge the competition, run tours in the engineering building and offer practical advice to curious middle and high schoolers.

Last year, over 100 students comprising twenty-four middle and high school teams from South/Central New Jersey converged on Rowan University for the region’s first SeaPerch Competition.

SeaPerch is a nationally recognized Office of Naval Research sponsored robotics program providing students with the fun challenge of building an underwater robot from a kit.

Students follow a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts; test their vehicles by deploying them on missions; and are encouraged to compete in regional SeaPerch competitions.

Gaetan Mangano, of the NAVAIR Lakehurst Education Outreach Office, said, “NAVAIR Lakehurst decided to take the ‘plunge’ and make SeaPerch a foundational part of our education outreach program because it’s affordable, hands-on and inspiring for a wide range of ages.  You learn by doing and you can’t help but have fun and learn while building and operating your own SeaPerch robot.  Students are pushed to think out of the box, in creating a unique design”.

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