Seaperch Competition


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.

SeaPerch Waterway Cleanup Challenge 2021

We learned many useful skills such as using power tools, solder, buoyancy laws, and basic engineering principles. We used these skills to build our ROV for the 2021 Challenge. We had to complete a mission course that was comprised of several tasks such as picking up sunken and floating debris and transferring it to a specific spot. We also turned in a technical report and participated in team interviews. In the end, all our hard work paid off, when we received 3rd place in the mission course challenge, and 5th place for team interviews.

Overall, we had a great time, and are proud of our accomplishments.

SeaPerch Space Exploration Challenge 2022

The International Space Station (ISS) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Mission is a simulation of the tasks and environment that an ROV might encounter while assisting astronauts on an EVA outside the ISS. During the competition teams will be tasked with upgrading the ISS’s battery system and moving tools for astronauts (Figure below). The grasping tool for our current ROV is modeled after a scissor. Taking up line on the wheel closes the grasping arms, reversing the motor unwinds the line opening the arms.

This year has been quite the string of problems. The biggest challenge was perfecting our motors and buoyancy. Since the Regional Competition was cancelled, we applied for the International Competition via a Wild Card and were excited to be accepted. We will be competing in Maryland on June 4th, 2022!!!!

Our 2021 3rd place winning ROV. Photo by August Frank/Lewiston Tribune

Waterway Cleanup Challenge 2021 - ECH-Science won 3rd place (Middle School).

Obstacle Course 2022 (picture by Robonation)

Space Exploration Mission Course 2022 (picture by Robonation)