The annual SeaPerch Challenge won’t take place at the Camana Bay Sports Complex pool until March 3, 2018, but there’s much work to be done before that, starting with training the educators who will instruct the students who compete.
SeaPerch is an international underwater robotics programme started in the United States in which school students employ basic engineering and science concepts to build remotely operated vehicles using low-cost, easily accessible parts. Dart’s Minds Inspired is a sponsor of the Cayman Islands’ SeaPerch initiative.
SeaPerch gets its name from the USS Perch, a well-known World War II-era U.S. submarine. When launched, Perch was part of a new class of submarines that were the first to incorporate an early form of air conditioning.
Dart Enterprises Manager Education Programmes Glenda McTaggart says SeaPerch dovetails with the Minds Inspired focus on the STEM education subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“At Minds Inspired, we are passionate about SeaPerch and we want everyone to know what this growing STEM educational movement is all about,” she says. “The SeaPerch programme provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics while also learning engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork and technical applications.”
The local team of students who create the best underwater remotely operated vehicle will have the opportunity to represent the Cayman Islands at the SeaPerch National Competition held overseas.
This year’s SeaPerch programme kicks off with training for educators, which is also sponsored by Minds Inspired, on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Dart offices. To register for the training or get more information contact: [email protected] or call 640-3676.