2014 Kick Off Presentation - Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch

Welcome to the 9th Annual
Greater Philadelphia
2014 SeaPerch Challenge
Competition Dates:
25 and 26 April 2014
Presented by:
Steve Michetti, ASNE-DV
4 December 2013
2014 Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge Kick Off
• Background and evolution of SeaPerch and SeaPerch Challenge
• SeaPerch Program Goals
• Resources provided by the program?
– Website, supplies, tools, training, mentoring, support, etc
Expectations from teams and advisors
Detailed competition overview
Special post competition events for winning teams
SeaPerch Partners
Naval Surface Warfare Centers
What Is SeaPerch?
• Sea Perch is a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Educational Program
– Consists of an educational tool kit that allows middle and high
school students to construct a simple underwater ROV
– Includes a curriculum-based program that teaches
students basic marine design skills
• Naval Architecture
• Marine Engineering
– Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as part of the National Naval
Responsibility for Naval Engineering
• Objective is to develop the next generation of naval architects, marine engineers, naval
What is the SeaPerch Challenge?
The SeaPerch Challenge is the competition conceived and started in
Philadelphia for executing the SeaPerch ROV Outreach Program
Teams represent companies competing for a simulated navy contract,
trying to demonstrate that their SeaPerch Design best meets or
exceeds navy technical requirements while staying within budget.
Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch
Challenge Background
2005 - SeaPerch design and build initiated various locations
- ASNE-DV pilots SeaPerch in local NJ school
- Based upon feedback, ASNE teams with Drexel and Phila. School district
2006 - 1st SeaPerch competition held in Philadelphia (22 schools)
2008 - ONR establishes program to take Philadelphia model to national level
2011 - Philadelphia hosts First National SeaPerch Competition
2013 - Philadelphia moves to a two day competition
- increased capacity from 50 to 100 schools
-1200 students exposed to SeaPerch annually
2014 - Philadelphia will hold its 9th Annual Greater Philadelphia Challenge
SeaPerch Program/Challenge Goals
Program goal is to sustain a long-term effort to address the problem of decreasing
college enrollments in engineering and technical programs
– Increase student interest in STEM related studies through hands-on activities at the
middle and high school level
– Provides awareness of Naval Engineering and Naval Architecture as career fields
– Helps students prepare for college level work
• Interface with industry, academia and government engineers
• Work in collaborative environment
• Participate in a realistic business
• Experience a major university campus
• Participate in a realistic technical scenario
Create a Fun, Challenging and Educational experience for students
What is provided?
1. Teams will receive one or two kits depending on availability
– Additional kits are available for purchase thru www.Seaperch.Org.
2. Tool kits are loaned to teams based on need & availability
3. Underwater Video cameras required/loaned to HS only
4. Online construction manual, parts lists, lesson plans, and other resources
via web and social media sites
5. Access to Learning Modules and Videos
– Hydrodynamics
– Propulsion Systems
– Control Systems
– Stability
– ROVs in the navy
6. Construction training for new advisors and mentors
7. A naval engineer mentor to visit your team and provide support; Drexel “Near Peer “
engineering students to assist with support;
8. 26 trophies; 4 cash awards
9. 2014 SeaPerch Challenge T-Shirt (10 shirts per team)
Tools and underwater cameras must be returned on competition day.
Teacher Training
Training Date: Saturday, December 7, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
between 31st and 32nd south side of Market Street
Hill Conference room in Le Bow Building
Space is limited to one (1) new advisor/teacher per team will be
WWW.phillyseaperch.org is your primary source for all Philadelphia
Challenge questions - and is different than the national site
Resources on www.phillyseaperch.org
Technical and Teaching Resources
SeaPerch Learning Modules
This is the national SeaPerch program website
Use this for general information and additional resources
Do not use
for Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch
Challenge info – our rules and competition are not the same
2014 Challenge Requirements Overview
Teams can only participate in one (1) Regional Challenge
Only GPSPC winning teams (1st and 2nd place in pool performance) may register for
the national challenge
Familiarize yourself with all posted competition rules
Check www.phillyseaperch.org frequently for updates and information
Communications should be done through the www.phillyseaperch.org or your
assigned mentor
SeaPerch Design, Build and Test Phase (December thru April)
Encouraged to utilize engineering learning modules and other resources
Competition Challenge practice (Critical for vehicle performance success)
Design Notebook - submit by April 4, 2014 – no exceptions
Oral Poster Presentation (competition day)
Vehicle Performance round 1 – obstacle course
Vehicle Performance round 2 – “The Heist”
Team Spirit and Sportsmanship
New for 2014 Competition
Step-by-Step Check List must be completed
Teams must complete the check list
Must be certified (initial) complete by a lead judge at each location
Compliance 1 Craft Inspection (only 2 team members including advisor)
Compliance 2 Water Test (only 2 team members including advisor)
Poster Presentation set-up
* Checklist completed and entire team seated in gym for opening ceremony by 8:55 a.m.
* Drexel students and signage will guide teams to checkpoint locations
New Themed Mission
The Heist Challenge
File size limitations on design notebooks – 3MB
Team Spirit & Sportsmanship Category
Sportsmanship nominated by judges
2014 SeaPerch Mission
• The Mission: Your ROV has been
tasked to retrieve (6)
communication boxes that were
lost at sea and are of great
value to the United States.
Unfortunately, the
communication boxes were
discovered by a Russian
submarine and temporarily
placed in a secure holding area
at the bottom of the Baltic Sea
until they can be retrieved and
decoded. Your task is to clear
an underwater minefield,
maneuver your ROV through a
small security access door, and
retrieve the communication
boxes before the Russian
submarine returns.
Map last updated on 07 November 2012
Current GPSPC Registered Schools
Design - Build - Test
• Innovative Design and Build over a Three Month Period
– Teams are encouraged to experiment with design changes
– Spending capped at $20.00 for vehicle modifications
• Receipts (or proof of value) required for all additional material
– Additional thrusters or larger motors for thrusters are prohibited
– Reallocation of original kit parts is permissible and not part of the budget
Design Notebook
• A Design Notebook (report) documenting team progress and
accomplishments will be submitted and judged
– Should be no more than 20 pages (excluding Front Matter)
• 3MB file size limit
• Document challenges
• Characterize teamwork
• Discuss how the team worked through problems
• Capture lessons learned (including use of learning modules)
• Repository of the technical work accomplished by the team (drawings, calculations etc.)
• Process documentation (trial and error, build, test, optimize, etc.)
Design Notebook
• Judged Sections of the Design Notebook include
Section I:
Section II:
Section III:
Section IV:
Section V:
Section VI:
Section VII:
Front Matter
Naval Engineering Research
Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing Process
Naval Scenario for Sea Perch
Bill of Material
Supporting Documentation
• Design Notebook Guidance with Section Information will be made available
• Teams are required to submit Design Notebooks electronically
– Adobe PDF or MS Word 2003 (or later) formats only and file size limitations this year
Notebooks will not be accepted after the deadline – No Exceptions!
Oral Poster Presentation Session
• Teams must create an Engineering Poster and prepare for an oral
presentation and Q&A
• Judges will interact with students
about poster content and design
• Supplemental aids allowed
– Ex: Laptop, IPAD, models, etc
• All team members must participate
• High School Teams must submit
resumes as part of the poster session
Last year, 30% to 50% of presentation score was based upon
“Innovative Product Design”
Vehicle Performance Round 1
Obstacle Course
• Vehicle Performance Round 1:
Complete the Obstacle Course
– Maneuver through a submerged obstacle
course of pre-arranged hoops
– Hoop angles and elevations more
challenging for High School course
2011 SHS Competition Video Clip
Vehicle Performance Round 2
The Heist
Vehicle Performance Round 2
The Heist
• Vehicle Performance Round 2: Complete the Mission
– This Year’s Mission:
• 1st task: Open the vault door
– Course consists of a mesh barrier with vault door
– All other mission work must be done through the door
• 2nd task: Disarm two underwater mines
– Mines held by a plunger mechanism
– Must be released before retrieving load boxes
• Six visually identical load boxes to be retrieved
– Boxes will be loaded with different weights
– No identification of box weights provided
– 2 of the 6 boxes will be “super heavy”
Vehicle Performance Round 2
The Heist
Barriers will be placed approximately 8 feet from the pool bulkhead
Mines will sit approximately 2 feet behind the vault
Load boxes will be arranged randomly approximately 2 feet behind the mines
Vehicle Performance Round 2
The Heist
• Vehicle Performance Round 2: Complete the Mission
– Mission Points will be scored as followed:
• 1st Task: Open the vault door
– 4 points awarded for defeating the door lock
• 2nd Task: Disarm two underwater mines
– 4 points awarded for each mine released
• 3rd Task: Retrieve the load boxes
– 4 points for each of the (4) “standard” boxes retrieved
– 8 points for each of the (2) “super heavy” boxes retrieved
– 44 Total Mission Points could be earned
Vehicle Performance Power Supply
At this time, we are requesting that each team bring their battery to the pool
deck to power your Sea Perch.
If a power supply is made available for use, the update will be posted on the
phillyseaperch.org web site.
Team Spirit
• Team Spirit
– The experience is about more than winning
– Teams gather together in bleachers
– Use flags, signs, mascots, and cheers can all be used to show their team spirit
• Team trophies awarded for 1st , 2nd , and 3rd place
finishes (middle schools and high schools)
Vehicle performance
Poster Presentation
Design Notebook
Team Spirit
• Overall Competition winner trophy awarded to (1) middle and (1) high school
team based upon final composite scores
• Typically Four (4) Cash Awards
– $100 cash “Contract Award” to overall winners
– $100 cash “Engineering Process Awards”
“Against All Odds Award” presented by the Atlantic Rangers
What is the Role of the Mentor
Mentor expectations – time, travel, etc
Act ‘s as the team’s liaison to the Sea Perch Challenge’s Support Network
Act on questions concerning the competition or craft design
Feed back requests for rulings on satisfying competition requirements
Share career experiences
Provide help with kit construction
Assist teacher with the build & troubleshooting
Provide guidance on competition requirements
Assist students with troubleshooting
Teacher must be present whenever mentors are with teams
All communications with mentor must be via the teacher
Moving onto Nationals
The Philadelphia Regional High School and Middle School
teams awarded 1st Place in Pool Performance will be invited
to move onto the 4th National SeaPerch Challenge
Saturday, May 17, 2014,
- Campus of Mississippi University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS
- Only Regional winners can register
- Up to 100 teams will participate
For more info visit: www.seaperch.org
ASNE Symposium Participation
Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge Teams that win Overall Competition
and 1st Place Oral Presentation Categories will be invited to participate in EMTS
- Teams will be recognized for accomplishments by our Keynote speaker
- Interact with 500 scientists and engineers on exhibit floor
- Other special events will be planned
Independence Seaport Museum (ISM)
Test and Help Site
Past Partners at
Science Festivals,
Symposia, &
National SeaPerch
Award Ceremony
ISM planning Marine
Education Center in
Prime Location with
SeaPerch as
SeaPerch test and
help site!
ISM Field trips make a perfect compliment for teams to continue learning
SeaPerch Programming Offered at ISM
January through Mid-April 2014
• Support
– Sea Perch Design, Building, and Competition
– Mentoring provided on site for assembly,
testing and troubleshooting
– Practice Tank approximately 10’ x 10’ x 2.5’
dimensions, fitted with obstacles identical
to those used at the national competition
enabling underwater testing of ROVs
– Design Forums
• Educational Components
– Buoyancy, flotation, displacement and the
Archimedes Principle
– Fluid dynamics and the Bernoulli Principle
– Engineering and design principals
– Construction techniques
– Tours of Museum and Historic Ships for
Visit: www.phillyseaport.org
Schedule pool time, mentoring support and tours by contacting:
Olivia Thomas, Education Coordinator
215 413-8630 * Email: groupsales@phillyseaport.org
SeaPerch Program
Chair-Stephen Michetti, NSWCCD Engineer
(215) 897-7639 email: stephen.michetti@navy.mil
Director of Out Reach and Development
Joanne Ferroni, Drexel University
(215) 895-2288 email: jferroni@coe.drexel.edu
Technical Assistance
Bob Valtos, NSWCCD Engineer
(215) 897-8591 email: robert.valtos@navy.mil
Bill Day, NSWCCD Engineer
(215) 897-1299 email:william.c.day2@navy.mil
John Maloney, NSWCCD Engineer
(215) 897-7347 john.e.maloney@navy.mil
Mentoring and Training
Mentor Chair, Jeff Merlino, NSWCCD Engineer
(215) 897- 7289 email: jeffrey.merlino@navy.mil
Program Coordinator and General Assistance
Kathleen McGinnis, AMSEC, LLC
(215) 897-8833 email: kathleen.mcginnis.ctr@navy.mil