2022 SeaPerch Season

We're so excited to be back and planning for an in-person 2022 season!

We can't wait to see you. We've learned a lot over the past two years and we're looking forward to combining the best of virtual connectivity with on-site participation at this season's International SeaPerch Challenge.

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June 4-5, 2022 | Maryland

The 2022 International SeaPerch Challenge

WELCOME TO SPACE EXPLORATION!

The 2022 SeaPerch Season is bound to be an exciting one! Much like the vacuum of space, the underwater environment presents many technical challenges teams will be expected to face. Underwater environments are used to replicate space during astronaut training and mission testing. Robots are becoming more common on the International Space Station (ISS) and astronauts perform a variety of tasks while aboard the ISS that are well suited for remotely operated and robotic support. The 2022 SeaPerch Challenge mission is inspired by these tasks.

To be clear, we are not sending SeaPerch ROVs into space! This is all about underwater testing. The space environment should be used as inspiration for your designs and a fun context for the mission course. 

The below event information applies to the 2022 International SeaPerch Challenge. Please check with your local regional coordinator for event information related to your local regional competition

Required Events

Technical Design Report
Technical Design Report
(updated 10/08/2021)

Objective: Communicate your intentional design process.

 

Submission Format: Technical design report

 

Overview: Describe the intentional design process you completed for your SeaPerch ROV. This report should include all required sections in the instructions and provide judges with an understanding of your unique SeaPerch design and your team’s approach to developing this design. This report should focus on the the SeaPerch ROV your team designed to compete in the 2022 SeaPerch pool courses.

 

Resources

Report Instructions

Fact Sheet Template (PDF) (PPT) (Google Slide)

Scoring Rubric

 

Need a Starting Point?

Engineering Design Process Page

Team Video
Team Video
(updated 10/08/2021)

Objective: Clearly present your team and SeaPerch ROV design.

 

Submission Format: Video submitted in .MP4 format

 

Overview: Delivering ideas in a clear and convincing manner is critical to bringing your project to life and helping project supporters understand your ideas and be convinced of their potential. Prepare a short, 5-minute video introducing your team, describing your engineering design process, and providing a reflection on this season.

 

Resources

Team Video Instructions

Scoring Rubric

Pool Courses
Pool Courses
(updated 10/08/2021)

Objective: Demonstrate the performance of your novel ROV design.

 

Submission Format: No pre-event submission.

Teams will complete pool course runs on-site, in-person at the 2022 International SeaPerch Challenge.

 

Overview: Navigate your SeaPerch ROV through an obstacle course and a mission course including a series of tasks. Score points for time and successful task completion.

 

Note: International SeaPerch Challenge classes will include Middle School Stock, High School Stock, and Open Class with modified criteria for each class. Please carefully review the Competition Classes Overview document for the new requirements.

 

Obstacle Course Overview

The Obstacle Course tests high-speed maneuverability and requires the SeaPerch ROV to navigate the course as quickly as possible.

 

Mission Course Overview

The Mission Course is related to Space Exploration. 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. Teams will be tasked with upgrading the ISS’s battery system and moving tools for astronauts.

 

Check out the build guide resources available below for information on building a full or mini course.

 

Resources

Pool Courses Overview & Preliminary Rules

Competition Classes Overview

Scoring Rubric: Obstacle Course

Scoring Rubric: Mission Course

Mission Course CAD Drawing

Mission Course Battery CAD Drawing

Optional Events

Real-World Innovation Poster
Real-World Innovation Poster
(updated 10/08/2021)

International Challenge Teams:

Real-World Innovation Poster is an optional event.

 


 

Objective: Explore real-world applications for underwater ROVs.

 

Submission Format: Digital poster

 

Overview: Identify a real-world issue and design a SeaPerch to address the issue. Create a virtual poster to tell us all about your project. Poster submissions can include anything from a conceptual design to a full project that you completed in the real world.

 

Example Projects:

Innovation Challenge: Design a prototype to collect microplastics with your SeaPerch.

SeaPerch in the Wild Project: Design a project inspired by the SeaPerch in the Wild project ideas.

Create Your Own: You know your local community best; design a project with an application best suited to your community’s needs.

 

Resources

Real-World Innovation Instructions

Poster Template (PPT) (Google Slide)

Scoring Rubric

 

Need a Starting Point?

SeaPerch in the Wild

Community and Outreach
Community and Outreach
(updated 10/08/2021)

International Challenge Teams:

Community and Outreach is an optional event.

 


 

Objective: Give back to the community.

 

Submission Format: Written statement (with photos and videos as applicable)

 

Overview: It’s time to give back. Whether you volunteer your time in your community or your team finds a way to connect and offer support online, we want to hear about it. No project is too big or small.

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Resources

Community & Outreach Instructions & Examples

Note: This is not a scored component but will be reviewed for special awards.

2022 SeaPerch Season Resources

Instructions & Templates
Instructions & Templates

May be modified for regional events.

 

Technical Design Report: Instructions

International Challenge – Required event

   

Technical Design Report: Fact Sheet Template (PDF)

International Challenge – Required event

   

Technical Design Report: Fact Sheet Template (PPT)

International Challenge – Required event

   

Team Video: Instructions

International Challenge – Required event

   

Real-World Innovation Poster: Instructions

International Challenge – Optional event

   

Real-World Innovation Poster: Template (PPT)(Google Slide)

International Challenge – Optional event

   

Community & Outreach: Instructions & Examples

International Challenge – Optional event

Scoring Rubrics
Scoring Rubrics

May be modified for regional events.

 

Technical Design Report: Scoring Rubric

International Challenge – Required event

   

Team Video: Scoring Rubric

International Challenge – Required event

   

Pool Courses: Scoring Rubric (Obstacle Course)

International Challenge – Required event

   

Pool Courses: Scoring Rubric (Mission Course)

International Challenge – Required event

   

Real-World Innovation Poster: Scoring Rubric

International Challenge – Optional event

 

Virtual Resources
Virtual Resources

Are you working remotely with your team and looking for resources to help? Here are a few great places to start and include some free educational offers from our amazing partners.

 

VPerch

Design, build, and test your SeaPerch in an online environment.

   

Autodesk Tinkercad

Design and model your SeaPerch in 3D. Suitable for all ages!

   

Autodesk Fusion 360

Design and model your SeaPerch in 3D. Ages 13+.

Space Exploration Resources
Space Exploration Resources

Do you want to learn more about space exploration? Here are some great places to start.

 

NASA ISS L.A.B.S Educator Resource Guide

This educator guide developed by NASA includes guided educational learning activities for 5th – 8th graders within four STEM modules.

 

International Space Station Home Page

Learn more about the ISS and the work astronauts do in space.

 

Real World: Analog Testing in Extreme Environments

See how NASA uses analog testing in extreme environments to simulate space explorations.

 

Video: External Pallet Release

Watch the Canadarm2 robotic arm release an external pallet in space.

 

Video: Battery Replacement Operations on the ISS

Watch the Dextre robot perform marathon battery replacement operations on the ISS.