Underwater Robotics Battle at PWCS Aquatic Center

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Provided by Prince William County Schools

Scientific innovation and skill were on display as 350 students on 115 teams competed in the Northern Virginia Regional SeaPerch Challenge. This year’s event was hosted for the first time by the new Prince William County Public Schools Aquatic Center.

Students maneuvered remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) in underwater challenges, including obstacle courses and contests on recovery and collaboration. Building and designing ROVs incorporates engineering concepts, problem solving, and teamwork.

In addition to technical challenges in the pool, the students answered questions from the judges and presented their design and construction strategies.

The event was sponsored by Micron Technology Virginia and the Micron Foundation, Lockheed Martin Manassas Campus, SPARK, the Education Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools, with contributions from UNO’s Chicago Grill and BB&T.

School teams from Prince William County, and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park faced-off to earn spots at the National SeaPerch Challenge, taking place in May at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Congratulations to the following teams from PWCS for qualifying:

Patriot High School – 5 Teams 

Forest Park High School – 1 Team

Stonewall Jackson – 1 Team

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