Our 2016 SeaPerch season ended on Thursday with the regional competition at the Duanesburg YMCA. Twenty-one teams of 2-4 students in grades 6-8 got to show off their skills in the pool, navigating their ROVs through an obstacle course and a finesse course. Sixty students from area schools, as well as homeschoolers, participated in the challenge at the YMCA, with many more participating regionally and nationally. Assemblyman Santabarbara was present to kick off the competition.
The challenge was the culmination of a 10-week program, in which students built underwater ROVs, deepening their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math. Students also learned about tool safety, problem solving, teamwork, and the use of technical procedures. During the competition, students had to navigate their ROVs through hoops,
pick up and move rings, move sliders and hit a target. A total of 60 students participated, with 12 teams hosted by SMIST competing against 5 teams from the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Magnet School and 6 teams from the Zoller School, both in Schenectady.
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