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Annual SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition Coming Soon
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From Prince William County Public Schools:

The annual all-county SeaPerch Underwater Robotics competition will be held on December 2 and 3 at the Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park. The competition is scheduled over two days to accommodate the large number of students participating. Students will arrive at 8 a.m. for the underwater games, which include recovery, maneuvering, relay, and collaboration; and culminate with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. each day.

More than 500 students from nine PWCS high schools along with students from Manassas Park High School, Osbourn High School, and Seton School will compete in the STEM-related competition.

SeaPerch underwater robotics is a 10-week unit that is integrated into the ninth-grade PWCS “Foundations of Technology” course in the Career and Technical Education curriculum. Students build their version of an underwater robot originally designed at MIT. SeaPerch teaches students about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics as they build underwater remotely-operated vehicles, known as ROVs. As students design the robots, they learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications. They also have the opportunity to participate in an end-of-the-term design competition.

SeaPerch is funded by the Office of Naval Research, and managed by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Additional organizations supporting the PWCS initiative include SPARK (the PWCS Education Foundation), Lockheed Martin, Micron Technology, BAE Systems, SAIC, George Mason University, TKC Communications, TKC Technology Solutions, Gibbs and Cox, American Society of Naval Engineers, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Argon ST, and Nakuuruq.

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