Sea Perch Underwater Robotics

BY Casey Ann Hayward

Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School

Project Description
Students will be working with local engineer Megan Carroll during their science class. “SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that provides students with an opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, mathematics and science while building an underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle). Skills and concepts will include: Tool and safety usage, electricity- circuits and switches, buoyancy and displacement, propulsion, measuring and cutting PVC to build a frame, assembling parts to build and waterproof motors, soldering electrical components and building a control box, testing electrical systems and troubleshooting problems and ballasting the ROV for the necessary floating stability.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
A successful student will work as a part of a team to build a SeaPerch ROV.

Benefit to the students and the school
They will finish the six hour course with an understanding of underwater vehicles in the local workforce and the research conducted with them in addition to numerous Next Generation Science Standards in science and engineering.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
Every Friday over a six-week period.


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