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SeaPerch Workshops


Region: Berkshire, Boston, Cape Cod, Central MA, MetroNorth , MetroWest, Northeast, Pioneer Valley, Southeast
Level: Grade 6 - 8, Grade 9 - 12
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Description: SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Working models of an ROV are built from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. Students who participate in SeaPerch programs become engaged in learning engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications. Engineering and science activities using the ROV are also explored as well as citizen monitoring programs.

The Wade Institute for Science Education partners with the national SeaPerch program, the AUSVI Foundation (Association of Unmanned Vehicles International), the U.S. Office of Naval Research and MIT Sea Grant to provide SeaPerch workshops for middle and high school educators. These workshops train teachers, mentors and potential trainers how to build these working models of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and develop a SeaPerch program for their school or institution. SeaPerch programs can be part of the classroom curriculum or after-school enrichment programs.

Curriculum resource materials are provided which support the Science and Technology/Engineering Standards bringing together basic engineering design skills and the science practices. Concepts incorporated into the curriculum resource materials include marine science, oceanography, biomimicry, ocean engineering, physics, robotics, mathematics and marine related careers.

We offer SeaPerch Educator Workshops in different regions of Massachusetts. In these 2 day workshops, classroom teachers and informal educators build their own SeaPerch and explore how this ROV can be used in the classroom and field. As part of the workshop, educators receive their own kit to use in the classroom along with the SeaPerch curriculum guide. For many of the workshops teachers are encouraged to bring along 2 students who can then become SeaPerch team leaders for their school.

Bring along up to two students to the workshop and start a SeaPerch team.

Join the many schools that create SeaPerch team to participate in local and regional events!

Topics: Education, Engineering, Marine Science, Oceanography, Oceans, Robotics, Science and Engineering Practices

Aligned to content standards (if any):

Additional information (if any): PDPs are available.

Visit www.wadeinstitutema.org for more information.