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2018 Elementary SeaPerch Competition

Thursday, February 22, 2018
from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

West Mesa HS Aquatics Center

Alma Ripley

(505) 410-4107

Event Schedule

Feb 15–16, 2018: Oral & Poster Presentations held at each participating school

Feb 22, 2018: 9am–1:00pm, SeaPerch Obstacle Course & Sprint Race at West Mesa HS Aquatics center

Contact organizers for school-specific info


Alma Ripley, Assistant Principal at Carlos Rey ES

 or (505) 410-4107, Stem Trajectory Initiative


Chuck Newman, ROTC Instructor at Valley HS

 or (505) 917-6427


Participating Elementary Schools

  • Mission Avenue ES
  • Griegos ES
  • Edward Gonzales ES
  • Carlos Rey ES
  • Albuquerque Girl Souts

Community Sponsors

  • High Desert Amateur Radio Club
  • Sandia National Labs
  • Modern Apprentice
  • NM Community Volunteers
  • AUVSI Foundation
  • Alma & Bill Ripley

Facilitating Schools

  • Valley HS
  • Taft MS 
  • Van Buren MS
  • Garfield MS

About the 2nd Annual Elementary SeaPerch Competition

What is SeaPerch?

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program which equips teachers and students with all needed resources to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Starting with a box of loose parts and pieces, the students construct, assemble and test all mechanical and electronic ROV components and systems. Skills learned include reading instructions, identifying components, using tools, electronic soldering, teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship.

The SeaPerch program is a great way to get students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). SeaPerch easily aligns to the national science standards and lends itself well to interdisciplinary projects and Project Based Learning. Beginning in the summer of 2013, APS employees and volunteers have incorporated technologies relating to Robotics, High Altitude Balloon Research, Amateur Radio, Rocketry & Computing into an integrated initiative spanning all grades, K-12. 

Professional Development

On August 31, 2017 a Professional Development (PD) was held at Valley High School. Twenty teachers from five elementary schools attended. Valley High School students and elementary teachers with previous SeaPerch experience facilitated the “hands-on” portion of the PD. Additionally, a presentation was given which covered essential SeaPerch educational elements, and examples of alignment of the project with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Stepping Stones. 

How does SeaPerch Benefit Elementary Students?

The Elementary SeaPerch Competition is based on the SeaPerch Challenge, a national program aimed specifically at high school and advanced middle school students.

The Elementary SeaPerch Competition is tailored specifically to maximize learning and growth opportunities for younger students, while providing leadership opportunities for older middle and high school students. The obstacle course which the students “fly” their ROVs has been specifically modified to be compatible with the fine motor skills development of an elementary school student.

Lesson plans have been developed for use during the construction, testing and competition phases of the project which specifically align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Stepping Stones modules used in New Mexico. 

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