National SeaPerch Challenge Heads to Baton Rouge

The 2016 National SeaPerch Challenge, an underwater robotics program, will be hosted at LSU on May 20 and 21, 2016. The program provides a hands-on STEM educational tools and science curriculum to middle and high school students.  

Last month, the first Louisiana Regional Challenge took place and the winners from regional competitions from across the United States will head to Baton Rouge for the National Challenge.

“It is unbelievable how much everyone put forth with the amount of dedication, work, determination, resiliency, and tenacity for us all to finally see it materialize into something so magical: seeing the art of students learning, developing, growing, and playing,” said Krystie Ngyuen, SOE graduate research assistant, discussing the initial regional competition in Louisiana.

More than 190 teams consisting of more than 780 students will compete in 1) in-pool technical events with their SeaPerch remote operated vehicles and 2) a juried poster competition.

The event offers a chance for the students to live on campus and experience what being a college student is like.

Organizers are currently looking for volunteers and are interested in having New Orleans represented for the challenge. For more information, click here.

To date, 300,000 student participants since the program’s inception in 2007 and 17,000 teachers and mentors have also participated.