2014 SeaPerch Nationals Ship 1942This is the second year that Ship 1942 has sent teams, sponsored by the U.S. Navy Carderrock Ship Modeling Basin, to the SeaPerch Regional competition at the Naval Academy. This year we were fortunate enough to be able to send three teams comprised of a total of twelve Scouts. One of those teams, the “Tech Know Logic” Team made up of Michelle Reilly, Jeanine Reilly, Nicolas Turner, Philip Ray, and mentor, Brian Ray, was named a national qualifying team and continued to the next level of the competition at Dartmouth College. Still, every team worked diligently to create the underwater Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV), and the concepts they used demonstrated their vast understanding of the STEM concepts that were necessary for the event.. (The other two teams were made up of Evelyn Smith, Justice Robinson, Kate Markussen, Sean Taylor, Amy Hilla, Jared Robinson, Hannah Leggett, and Sarah Ray.) The national qualifying team was considered the underdogs of the regional competition because of its relative small stature, and yet the reasoning and modifications were soundly made after much trial and error and consideration. They hoped to increased speed and minimize drag from the water by slimming down their ROV, but when the original design struggled in certain aspects of the regional competition, we adjusted our design accordingly. Using team work and listening to the different ideas of the group based on each members different experiences and knowledge, the team was able to successfully pass all the obstacles of the levels of the national competition, testing strength, agility, speed, ingenuity, creativity, and scientific basis. A poster, including cross-sectional and aerial view drawings and explaining the team’s specific process and reasoning was presented at nationals to the judges, in order to explain the aesthetics as well as the engineering aspects. Then the underwater aspects of the competition went by swimmingly as the operators successfully picked up and placed weights, along with other tests. Other competitions involved written physics and math tests and team work interviews. The combination of scores from the different areas covered all the lessons they learned from the competition. The experience was invaluable, as past SeaPerchers and new ones to formed a team ready to take the challenge head on, and prove that the underdog could win, even though they were behind in the practice test round. They were able to modify the ROV until the team became fierce competitors, unwilling to give up and eager to apply their wits to prove the ROV’s worth, finishing the obstacle course (of ladders, holes, pipes, and hula-hoops) with a time of 2:02, which included many reverse transits, quite an impressive comeback. [The team’s information was presented for all to see on the Google play App: “Robonation: National Seaperch Challenge.”]