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    SeaPerch competition draws hundreds

    GREAT LAKES, IL, UNITED STATES

    03.18.2017

    Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Seelbach 

    Naval Station Great Lakes Public Affairs

    Naval Station Great Lakes hosted over 500 students from more than 30 schools at the 3rd annual Midwest Regional SeaPerch Competition at the USS Indianapolis Combat Training Pool at Recruit Training Command (RTC) March 18.
    SeaPerch is an underwater robotics program, and one of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, which allows students to build and operate an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
    RTC Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Garrick said "It's a privilege to host SeaPerch at Recruit Training Command. The teams have put so much work into their projects and have produced some really exciting results. It's great to see STEM inspire such creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership."
    Science teacher Kelly O’Connor, Neal Math and Science Academy, a North Chicago Middle School, explained how her students got ready for the competition.
    “Our students decided that they would like to participate in SeaPerch this year,” said O’Connor. “We began in October learning about buoyancy and some of the physics behind what they need to do and going through the engineering process. We began building our kits, and that’s where our Surface Warfare Officers School Unit (SWOSU) crew came in to help.”
    GSM2 Class Emily Newman, whose Navy rating applies to STEM concepts, was just one of the SWOSU Sailors that volunteered their time and expertise to help these students complete their ROV’s.
    “I originally wanted to help out with tutoring and I found out about STEM and that it deals with engineering,” said Newman. “That’s what I’ve been doing for the last 8 years and I got excited about that. Going through the process of building their SeaPerch and having them test it in the pool was an awesome experience, and seeing how excited they were was a great feeling.”
    O’Connor said that participation in this regional competition would not have been possible without these Sailors.
    “Their participation, motivation and involvement with our students have been remarkable and incredible,” O’Connor said. “The relationships they built with our students and the level of expertise that they brought in to work with our students after school has been really rewarding to our kids and us as teachers.”
    U.S. Navy League area president Ted Rock explained his organizations involvement with the event.
    "SeaPerch started in the Navy. The Navy League has always been involved with trying to get this into schools and we've tried hard to do that in Lake County. For this particular event, we've purchased all of the trophies."

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    Date Taken: 03.18.2017
    Date Posted: 01.05.2018 11:54
    Story ID: 261401
    Location: GREAT LAKES, IL, US 

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