Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Underwater robotics program promotes deep learning

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 8, 2013

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Club youth are getting a unique opportunity to build underwater robots with the help of engineers and logisticians from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division.
The innovative SeaPerch program is a partnership between BGCOP and the Navy. Offered at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse, the program aims to stimulate students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math. By encouraging students to interact with the engineers and other technical personnel, they’re also learning about science and technical career options.
During the six-week program, 10- to 12-year-old students work in small groups with SeaPerch instructors to build their underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles. The robots come from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts. The instruction follows a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. Throughout the project, students learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.Potato battery (2)
“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,” said Robin Nussear, Navy program lead. “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. “
To learn more about the program, contact program director Tom Barber at 805-815-4959 x217 or


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