The students of Alvin ISD showed off their best engineering skills on February 7 at Manvel High School, at the District SeaPerch Competition. There were more than 320 student participants from 80 different teams in attendance, including four teams from Pearland ISD. The SeaPerch Robotic program is supported by the United Stated Navy, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Office of Naval Research, Science, & Technology. The SeaPerch program leads students in the construction of a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) that is to perform different underwater tasks. In addition to piloting an underwater robot, teams were required to share information with judges about the design of their ROV. The areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics were represented in the judging process.
The SeaPerch program has two divisions: The High School division and the 8th grade and under division. In the 8th grade and under division, the Sea Sharks from Passmore Elementary had the fastest obstacle course time at 1:00 minute. The Sea Sharks also had the highest presentation score of the division. The Sea Sharks, which are Anna Wilson, Carmen Mendez, and Madeleine Gieman were under the leadership of Linda Palacio and Tom Wilson. In the High School division, the Manvel High School Team 1 had the fastest time with 51 seconds. The Manvel team consisted of Cerena Ermitanio, Conner Stewart, Ein Cagle, and Nicholas Altamirano. They were led by Larry Garrett.
Cerena Ermitanio of the winning Manvel High School team had this to say about the experience. “This is my first year with SeaPerch and I was a bit nervous about the obstacle. At practice we had good times but we weren’t consistent. After we did our presentation to judges I was more confident and then we posted our winning time. It was a great day at the end.”
The Alvin ISD SeaPerch teams will begin preparing for the Houston Regional meet on March 7 at the Pearland Natatorium. To stay up to date on all of the great things occurring in Alvin ISD, visit www.alvinisd.net.