The Upper Merion Robotics Club has become the Sea Perch Team. We compete yearly in the Greater Philadelphia Sea Perch Challenge.
The Greater Philadelphia Sea Perch Challenge is open to middle schools and high schools in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware region. The goal is to increase student interest in robotics, science, mathematics, engineering and technology and to introduce students to naval engineering. The event is structured to give students an overall experience in the engineering process.
Student engineer teams are judged in four categories.
The first category, Vehicle Performance, is a test of how well the students did in designing and building their Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) as evidenced through performance in an obstacle course race and in the execution of a specially designed mission.
The second category, the Formal Presentation, is a test of how well the students can convey their engineering ideas and market their ROV.
The third category, Design Notebook, is a test of the students organizational and documentation capabilities.
The fourth category, Spirit & Sportsmanship, is a test of the students’ capabilities to recognize and encourage better solutions and engineering.