ASNE: Northern New England Section
 

SeaPerch



    

THIRD ANNUAL NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL

SEAPERCH CHALLANGE

 

  SPONSORED BY: NNE SECTION OF AMERICAN SOCIETY

OF NAVAL ENGINEERS

 

LOCATION:  BATH YMCA                                                       April 12, 2014

Program:  The Sea Perch Challenge welcomes individual students, as well as student groups of middle school and high school age to participate in designing, building and demonstrating the capabilities of remote control underwater robots.  The basis for the underwater robots comes from a kit designed by MIT and the Office of Naval Research, and are constructed using basic tools following a set of plans provided with the kits. 

This year’s competition is based on the 2014 National Sea Perch Challenge rules with the addition of an underwater ring transfer challenge and a demonstration project; offering students a variety of ways to earn points in the competition and maximize the time to demonstrate their  piloting skills and their ROV capabilities.   Winner(s) of the local competition will have the opportunity to compete at the 2014 National Seaperch Challenge. Hosted by the University of Mississippi on May 18, 2014 .

Please go to the Official Seaperch Web site:  http://www.seaperch.org/seaperch_challenge for more information.

Time Table for Competition in Bath on April 12th

10AM to 10:30AM Set up time                                                                                                              10:45-11:00 Event rules and Instructions.
11:00- 3:00PM Pool Competition
Team scoring immediately after the Pool competition.
Awards 3:30, Clean up and event complete by 4 PM

Depending on numbers of team competition times maybe adjusted

 

-----Registration for Challenge Competition in Bath-----

 

Please provide:

a. Name of the interest group or school, address and website:

b. Your school/group Point of Contact’s name, address, phone number, email:

c. The number of teams you expect to be sending

d. There will be a $25.00 fee per organization (This may be waived depending on corporate sponsorship).  Make check payable to NNE ASNE.  Check due the day of the event.

e.  Team registration is due the morning of the event but an email stating the expected number of teams and team members should be sent by April 5th to Dave Marcello for planning purposes.

 

Seaperch Contact is Dave Marcello, email dmarcello@alionscience.com 

207 371-8533


 


Challenge Rules:

 

Photos from 2012 Local Competition 

General Rules

  1. Only two team members are allowed on the pool deck during a competition.
  2. All team members must wear shoes with rubber soles to a competition.
  3. Nothing other than the SeaPerch ROV may be put into the pool.
  4. Each SeaPerch ROV will be presented for a compliance check during registration on the first day, and inspected and qualified by a judge just prior to a competition.
  5. There will be a triage area located near the pool with basic tools and parts provided for teams to make necessary repairs.
  6. Extra Batteries will be available, but students should bring a charger and batteries.
  7. In the event that a vehicle is inadvertently interfered with during a competition, or a malfunction of a vehicle's parts (i.e., the motor) occurs that is beyond the design and construction by the team, the lead pool judge will have the authority to provide the team with the necessary time to fix their vehicle and to allow them to compete later in the round. These malfunctions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  8. Throughout the competition, the ROVs must move only under their own power. Specifically, it is expressly prohibited for a team member to pull the vehicle by the tether, or attempt to maneuver the ROV using the tether, during the competition. This action will be grounds for immediate disqualification of the team.

 

Competition Events

 

                    

                      

 

Obstacle Course

An underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) must be able to maneuver successfully under its own power. If a vehicle cannot maneuver to the appropriate location to perform its task, the vehicle is of no use.
The submerged obstacle course involves large rings (22" minimum diameter), oriented in any direction, through which the vehicles must travel. Teams must navigate through the obstacle course, surface, then re-submerge and return through the course to the end. Consideration of optimal maneuverability, control and speed should be given when constructing your Seaperch (thruster placement and orientation, tether attachment, buoyancy and ballast, etc) and control box. Scores for this round will be based on the time for successfully navigating the obstacle course.

There are five (5) -22" diameter hoops in the obstacle course. 

Deep Water Transfer Operation

ROVs are commonly used at deep depths to perform a variety of tasks.  One on these tasks is the retrieval and relocation of objects.  This task simulates retrieving objects from complex locations at different depths, and then placing them in designated locations.

The course consists of two racks of rings, each anchored at different depths.  Each rack will hold Six (6) rings, three on the side closest to the operators and three on the side furthest away. The course will hold a total of 12 rings.  Rings retrieved should be placed in one of two bins located close to the ROV operators at different depths.  A larger bin will be located at a shallow depth with a smaller bin beneath it at a deeper depth.

Points will be scored as followed:

1 point for each ring removed from the close side of the rack

2 points for each ring removed from the farther side of the rack

1 point for each ring placed in the upper bin

2 points for each ring placed in the lower bin

 

The Heist:

The course consists of a mesh vault wall spanning the lane from bottom to surface. Starting 2’ below the surface will be the Vault door. The door will sit within a 24” opening in the wall. In order to open the door operators will have to manipulate a simple latch and push the vault door open. On the other side of the wall there will be a series of boxes to be retrieved. Operators will have to attempt to retrieve as many of the boxes as possible in the time provided. Retrieved boxes will have to then be placed in a specific 2’ x 2’ “lay down area” near the wall on the operator’s side of the wall.

The Wall is made of 1/2“ PVC pipe and fittings. The Nationals course is designed for a 12’ deep pool.   The setup when installed in the pool will place the door 2’ below the surface. The door is constructed of ½” CPVC pipe and fittings. The door and wall will be covered with a plastic mesh, similar to snow fence.

This will be a timed event.

For all challenge events, Teams will have up to three attempts (time permitting) to improve their final scores.

Check out further information on the 2014National Challenge website

Demonstration Project:

This year there will be an additional event to increase the design challenge by allowing the Seapearch frame to be modified to carry and utilize underwater tools that are typically used n ROV’s, such as a camera, hydrophone, articulated arm, cutting device.  Students will be asked to demonstrate the tool operation underwater.  Same design rules apply as the Open Class, except costs can be as high as $100.00, cameras are exempt from cost restrictions.  Also, team coaches may ask the committee for a waiver to rules based the design concept of the vessel.  

 Vehicle Design Rules

 

  

Teams are encouraged to think outside the box and change the shape and configuration of the SeaPerch ROV.

 

Stock Class (High School and Middle School)

Vehicles shall consist of the parts and components contained within the equivalent of one SeaPerch kit, with the following exceptions:

  • Teams have a budget of $20.00 to modify the Seaperch. It is the actual value of the modifications that must be $20 or less. Donated material should be assessed at what the cost would be to procure the material. The $20 limit is for costs of the materials utilized on the final competition vehicle.  Reasonable spare parts are not included in this budget.
  • Hooks and attachments may be added/removed depending on the competition round.
  • Additional motors may be utilized for actuation or other non-propulsion uses.  Motors may be found at Jameco P/N 232022.
  • Teams may only utilize stock Seaperch motors in thrusters (Jameco P/N 232022). 
  • Teams may not add additional thrusters to the Seaperch.  A thruster is defined as a means of propulsion for the Seaperch, normally but not limited to a motor and propeller assembly.
  • Teams will design for and utilize a 12-volt power source. Over charging or stacking batteries is not allowed. 
  • The vehicle may be reset by the teams during the competition
  • The vehicle cannot be dragged via the tether.
  • No dimension shall be larger than 22" (minimum obstacle diameter)

                  

Open Class

Vehicles should consist of the parts and components utilized within the SeaPerch kit to the maximum extent possible and shall be subject to the following:

  • Teams have no budget limit. (Budgets should be tracked for presentation to Judges during poster presentation)
  • Hooks and attachments may be added/removed depending on the competition round.
  • Teams may only utilize stock Seaperch motors in thrusters (Jameco P/N 232022). 
  • Teams will design for and utilize a 12-volt power source. Over charging or stacking batteries is not allowed.  A 10-Amp Max fuse shall be used for safety.
  • The vehicle may be reset by the teams during the competition
  • The vehicle cannot be dragged via the tether.
  • No dimension shall be larger than 22 (minimum obstacle diameter)

Poster and Presentation—Presentations will be done at the School or Organization Meeting Place, time will be arranged with the Seaperch Committee

             

While preparing your poster and presentation, here are some areas to consider:

  • The maximum poster size is 48" x 36".
  • What did your Seaperch need to do, and how did your design meet that requirement?
  • How long did it take you to build and test your SeaPerch? Describe the process.
  • Who did what on your team and why? What skills did the team have and what skills had to be developed?
  • Why did your team shape, locate, or angle the foam/weights/motors as you did (initial placement vs. final placement changes)?
  • What design changes did you make as a result of the testing and evaluation of your SeaPerch prior to the challenge?
  • What was the budget for your vehicle and how was it managed?
  • Is each team member prepared to answer questions from the judges?

Modifications to the Seaperch Kit

Teams are encouraged to think outside of the box and it is permitted to change the shape and configuration of the Seaperch ROV.

Teams have a budget of $20.00 to purchase any upgrades they deem necessary. However, teams are not allowed to add additional thrusters and must use only the motors that come with the Seaperch kit. Everything else in the kit may be used at the team's discretion.

Hooks and attachments may be added/removed depending on the competition round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For updates about the 2014 National SeaPerch Challenge please visit our Website at www.seaperch.org

 

SeaPerch Competition
 

American Society of Naval Engineers Northern New England Section

 

SEAPERCH CHALLENGE 2014

 

The American Society of Naval Engineers
Northern New England Section (ASNE-NNE)
is hosting this year’s Regional SeaPerch competition on April 12, 2014. L
ocation to be determined based on pool availability and number of teams competing.

 

What is SeaPerch?

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. Students build the ROV 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. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.  

Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. It also teaches basic science and engineering concepts and tool safety and technical procedures. Students learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to all the exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean, and marine engineering.

SeaPerch is...

A hands-on educational tool

Fun and challenging

  • A curriculum that meets national learning standards
  • Integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Teaches the teachers
  • Builds teamwork and inspires young minds
  • Introduces STEM career discussions

A Hands-On Activity.

Students learn best by doing, and during the process of building SeaPerch, they follow steps to completely assemble the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), test it, and then participate in launching their vehicles.

After the SeaPerch robot is constructed, students are encouraged to test their vehicles, deploy them on missions, and compete in a culminating event, the SeaPerch Challenge - a district-wide one-day design competition, to take what they have learned to the next level. The Challenge fosters an end goal, rewards sportsmanship, spirit and presentation skills, as well as mastery of the concepts. Events at the Challenge can include:

  • Vehicle performance - maneuvering and recovery
  • Innovative design (optional)
  • Team presentations - oral presentations to judges
  • Design
  • Notebooks - document planning, design, construction, testing, and learning
  • Team spirit and sportsmanship at the event

Winners of local or regional Challenges can compete in the fourth National SeaPerch Challenge to be held on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi on Saturday May 17, 2014.

The ASNE NNE Mid Coast SeaPerch Challenge:

Program:  The SeaPerch Challenge welcomes student and groups of middle school and high school age to participate in designing, building and demonstrating capabilities of remote control underwater robots.  The basis for the underwater robots comes from a kit designed by MIT and Office of Naval Research and are constructed using basic tools following a set of plans provided with the kits. 

This year’s competition is based on the 2014 National Sea Perch Challenge rules.  Winner(s) of the local competition will have the opportunity to compete at the 2014 National SeaPerch Challenge to be held on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss) in Hattiesburg, MS on Saturday May 17, 2014.  The Mississippi Regional SeaPerch Committee will be our hosts for the event where up to 100 teams from across the country are anticipated.  This year, students will enjoy a “college experience,” as accommodations and meals will be available for all participants on the university’s campus, only a short walk to Saturday’s in-pool and poster completion events.

Please go to the Official SeaPerch Web site:  http://www.seaperch.org/seaperch_challenge for more information.

2012 Local Competition

  

Teacher Training Opportunity in January 2014, Date to be determined.

Seacoast SeaPerch offers a one-day training program held at both Portsmouth Naval Shipyard   or /and at UNH  is open to educators, 4-H leaders, afterschool providers, community partners, and others interested in coaching a SeaPerch club or team.

The 1-day training includes: (one day option available for those unable to attend both days)

Building a SeaPerch—educators will work in teams to build a SeaPerch ROV.

Working with youth—learn strategies for challenging youth and incorporating the principles of inquiry science.

Organizing a SeaPerch Club/Team—we will get you started in forming a SeaPerch club or team. Covering topics such as startup costs, school teams and 4-H clubs, safety, finding local sponsors, general resources and competition details.

Participants will build a SeaPerch kit in pairs, and then receive instructions and a part list to help you build them with your group.

There is no cost for this workshop. 

 Who can Participate: Middle and High School Students sponsored by a school or a youth organization.

The Challenge:   The Mid Coast competitive events will be compatable to the National events and will include a poster competition.  Construction of SeaPerch Robots will follow the national rules. More detail information will be available in the pre-registration packets. The top teams will have the opportunity to attend the National Competition.

When will the challenge take place: Tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Location: To be determined based on pool availability and number of teams competing

Schedule:  Please check back later.

Size of Sea Perch teams:  2 to 6 students.

Registation:   Please please provide the following information to Dave Marcello (see contact details below):

a.  Name of the interest group or school, address and website.

b.  Your school/group Point of Contact's name, address, phone number, and email.

c.  The number of teams you expect to be sending.

d. There will be a $25.00 per organization fee to help cover pool rental cost (this may be waived depending on corporate sponsorship).

Other Costs:  SeaPerch Kits are available from  the SeaPerch Web site for about $150.00

For more information on the MidCoast competition please contact: Dave Marcello. Phone (207) 371-8533, or email   dmarcello@alionscience.com

Please visit the SeaPerch Site www.seaperch.org; training and lesson plans are available.  Also, members of ASNE-NNE maybe available to assist in the class room if requested.

 

Challenge Rules:

http://www.seaperch.org/challenge_rules

 

Competition Events:

 

Check out further information on the 2014 National Challenge website


  For updates about the 2014 National SeaPerch Challenge please visit our Website at www.seaperch.org

   
 
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