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Dahlgren students Go to SeaPerch

Ann Doyle and Maureen Holt
Dahlgren School | June 3, 2019

Dahlgren School is proud to announce its’ 8th grade SeaPerch team participated in the National SeaPerch Competition this past weekend in College Park, Maryland. SeaPerch is a program created by the Office of Naval Research to promote STEM careers. Students have to design and build a remote controlled underwater robot from scratch. This is the sixth year Dahlgren School has participated and moved forward in this competition.

Coached by Ann Doyle and Maureen Holt, our students first competed in regionals in March and their high scores earned them one of the three spots for our region at Nationals. There were 199 teams from middle and high schools competing from all over the world. There were two challenges; the “Obstacle Course” and the “Rescues and Recovery Mission Course.” The obstacle course tests high speed maneuverability and requires SeaPerchs’ to navigate the five 18 inch hoops set at different heights and angles as quickly as possible. The "mission course" was inspired by the rescue and recovery mission of students in a cave in Thailand in 2018. Students had to go through cave doors, turn on a light and move rescue supplies from one end of the cave to another.

The students did an excellent job as competitors in the event and were able to score their personal bests on both courses.

Our students represented Dahlgren School and DoDEA well. Their teamwork, collaboration, effort, inquiry, grit, manners, determination, and perseverance made the Tigers proud!


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