SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE March 2015
Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School Competes in CT SEA PERCH COMPETITION
On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, a combined team of University High School of Science and Engineering (UHSSE) and Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School (AF STEM) students competed in their very first SEA PERCH competition at Plainville High School.
CT SEA PERCH is an ROV underwater robotics competition in which teams compete in multiple disciplines of an Obstacle course and a FINESSE course, which is kind of like a triathlon in underwater robotics.
The competition had approximately 50 teams competing in the various events. The middle school team from AF STEM was comprised of two seventh graders, Claressa Maheu and Noel Flannery and the UHSSE team included two 9th graders, Steven Lawless and Andrew Prokop.
After various rounds of competition, the High School team finished 2nd Place in the FINESSE course. They took home a trophy which will be displayed at their school.
“It was an amazing experience to watch the high school students working right alongside middle school students”, stated Rachael Manzer, STEM Coach. AF STEM and UHSSE look forward to further expanding this joint middle school and high school team next year.
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 will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, technical applications, and STEM career opportunities.