Maranatha Science Club Underwater Robot Team Ranked First Place Twice

The Maranatha Science Club Underwater Robot Team (Maranatha SeaPerch) participated for the first time in the 2018 US Navy Los Angeles Regional SeaPerch Underwater Robotics competition on Saturday, March 3, and won two First Place trophies.
More than 40 teams from the Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas competed against each other, using their design skills and operating capabilities on underwater robots at Troy High School on Saturday, March 3. Overcoming many challenges and difficulties, our team practiced hard and prepared completed notes, which allowed our team to win the “2018 Navy City Outreach 1st Place on Engineering Notebook” and “2018 Navy City Outreach 1st Place on Overall”.

Supported by the school’s leadership Dr. Rocio Watkins and Ms. Jenessa Ocon, coached by Maranatha Physics teacher Mr. Girma Aleme, and organized by Maranatha parent volunteer, Dr. Shouhua Huang of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the team consists of senior Ashley Vu (Captain), juniors Erica De Guzman, Nate Nguyen, and Ethan Kita, and sophomore Samantha Wu. They have practiced hard under a short time schedule, high pressure, and bad weather and still made these excellent achievements.

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.

A big congratulations and thank you to the Maranatha SeaPerch team! You have made Maranatha’s name shine on a new STEM field – underwater robotics.