The West Lincoln High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps debuted two SeaPerch teams in a regional competition on March 1.
Lincoln County Schools’ first SeaPerch teams began their journey in January, testing their engineering skills. Over the next few months, they constructed two Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and showcased their creations on March 1 at a regional competition in Marion. Both “Rebel Navy” JROTC teams earned Bronze medals in one event each.
According to its press release, SeaPerch is “an innovative underwater robotics program that provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum.”
Senior Naval Science Instructor R. A. Maggard explained that by building a SeaPerch ROV, cadets acquire basic skills in ship and submarine design, allowing them to pursue naval architecture as well as marine and ocean engineering principles. Students also have the opportunity to learn important engineering concepts and design skills as well as tool safety and technical procedures. By participating in this program, students are exposed to the many careers available in naval architecture and naval, ocean and marine engineering.
Those interested in learning more about the Sea Perch program should visit www.seaperch.org.