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The International SeaPerch Challenge

Want to be an underwater robotics champion? Here is your chance. 

 

The annual International SeaPerch Challenge is an invitation-only event open to teams that excel at registered regional competitions and earn a slot to compete in the season’s culminating event.

On land, teams show off their engineering skills through technical papers and presentations. In the pool, they navigate their SeaPerch through a series of obstacles inspired by the real world that test maneuverability, control, and utility. Each season has a new theme and a new set of competition tasks, challenging teams to expand on their original vehicle design.

Beyond the friendly rivalry, all competitions bring students together from different schools, states, and countries to form a supportive community. Discover this year’s theme and dive into a new challenge.

Ways to Qualify

Option 1: Compete Regionally

“Think globally, act locally” can apply to bots as well.

 

SeaPerch competitions are hosted annually by volunteer coordinators around the world. These events range from local exposition events to regional competitions that allocate qualifying spaces for top teams to compete at the annual International SeaPerch Challenge. 

 

Regional competitions are planned, hosted, and executed by local SeaPerch advocates, mentors, and regional coordinators. Each registered regional competition is allocated a set number of qualifier spaces for the International SeaPerch Challenge. Compete and win in one of these events to move on to the International event. 

 

Requirements and tasks for regional events vary. For more information about the event closest to you, check the list of registered regional competitions.

Option 2: Apply for a Wild Card Space

 

Many teams don’t have the same access or ability to participate in a regional competition. Teams from around the world can apply for Wild Card spaces to compete at the annual International SeaPerch Challenge.

 

To be considered for a Wild Card space, teams may submit an application including team information, a brief overview of their SeaPerch ROV design, and a short statement about what participation at the International Challenge means to them.

 

Eligibility: Teams are eligible to apply for Wild Card slots even if they are participating in a regional. However, teams are not eligible to be awarded a Wild Card slot if they win an invitation at a regional.

 

Qualifications: Qualified spaces for wild card submission are limited. Applications will be reviewed, and spaces awarded on a rolling basis. Registration will open January 20, 2023.

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Past Competitions

SeaPerch competitions have been running for over ten years. Learn more about past themes, tasks, and winners from these events.

Don’t take our word for it. Take theirs.


2022 International SeaPerch Challenge

“How inclusive and welcoming everyone was! The environment is so beneficial and geared toward helping the students, coaches, and volunteers explore new opportunities in STEM.”

Student Competitor
Student Competitor

2022 International SeaPerch Challenge

“I love the level of competition and meeting teams from all over the world. The experience for competitors is so unique and rewarding.”

Team Mentor/Chaperone
Team Mentor/Chaperone

2022 International SeaPerch Challenge

“The event was well organized and an exciting culmination of all their work over the course of the school year.”

Team Mentor/Chaperone
Team Mentor/Chaperone

2022 International SeaPerch Challenge

“THANK YOU for such a wonderful Challenge this year. It was so good to be back in person and see all of you again!”

Team Mentor/Chaperone
Team Mentor/Chaperone

2022 International SeaPerch Challenge

“Thanks for the event, keep doing it, and we hope to qualify again. In just this one year, this became a mainstay assessment event of our engineering program. Thank you.”

Team Mentor/Chaperone
Team Mentor/Chaperone

2022 International SeaPerch Challenge

“Thanks for making this event happen. My students have always enjoyed their competitions. You make STEM exciting for students.”

Team Mentor/Chaperone
Team Mentor/Chaperone

2020 SeaPerch Season

“I had used SeaPerch kits for a couple of years for our middle school robotics class and last year decided to take the plunge and enter the competition. We have participated in many competitions over the years but the SeaPerch Challenge has been, by far, the most educational, practical, and fun for all involved. My students enjoy the rigor of the program and learn a lot from other teams. I personally enjoyed meeting students and coaches from all over the US and world at the International events. They were very gracious in sharing how they approached the challenges and developed solutions. My students were very surprised how willing the other teams were to share their ideas.”

Naveen Cunha
Naveen Cunha
Educator & Team Mentor

2019 SeaPerch Challenge

“Since starting SeaPerch 4 years ago it is definitely my favorite robotics competition to participate in.”

Team Mentor

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