This year TechFarms became an authorized engineering center for SeaPerch, an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). First competition for the local teams was in May. Several of TechFarms employees have volunteered to be the judges at the competition. Before the event took off, Dr. Steve Dunnivant, a prominent educator in local entrepreneurial community, spoke about the importance of STEM in schools. FSU PC divers were assisting during the competition. Each team had 10 minutes to complete either the obstacle course or the finesse challenge having only 2 people on each team. Scores were based on the time it took to go through the course, innovative design, and agility. SeaPerch Kits were provided by Embry-Riddle University..Students K-12 schools in the area had to assemble their ROVs and learn how to operate them as well. Such skills like soldering and design are essential in the process. Many teams spent hours practicing operating their SeaPerche ROVs at home. Most innovative designs showed great results for the participants. The challenges came along the way – mechanical, as well as tactical. Judges were assisting teams before the run to score best results. This program is not only about winning, but learning technology and design while building team skills. The winners who scored best results were rewarded with trophies and medals.






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