On March 3,rn2018, St. Gregory the Great School in Whittier, CA, won the United States NavyrnSeaPerch Underwater Robotics Los Angeles regional competition for the middlernschool division.
This winrnqualifies the team to go on to the U.S. Navy SeaPerch National Competition onrnJune 1-3, 2018, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Out of the 50rnschools in Los Angeles and Orange County that participate in the competition,rnSt. Gregory the Great is one of only two Catholic schools invited.
SeaPerch isrnan innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and studentsrnwith the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehiclern(ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from arnkit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum thatrnteaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme.
Therncompetition consists of two underwater sections—the obstacle course and thernchallenge, in which the ROV picks up rings and cubes, and places them on anrnunderwater board.
Students alsornparticipate in the engineering notebook competition, in which they explain andrnanswer questions about the process of building their SeaPerch ROVs.
St. Gregoryrnstudents took home five trophies, for the overall Middle School Division win,rnas well as first place in the Obstacle Course, Challenge, and EngineeringrnNotebook Competition.
rnIn 2016 and 2017, St. Gregory the Great School won the middle school division,rnand in 2015, students won the Poster Board competition.