On March 8th and 9th, Temple University's College of Science and Technology hosted the 14th Annual Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch and SeaGlide Challenge in partnership with the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Philadelphia Division and the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Carderock Division.
Over 40 middle and high school level teams competed in an underwater robotics competition to be named regional winners and continue on to the national competition in June. This year's SeaPerch mission was to create a company that builds a SeaPerch ROV that can find three mines and neutralize them in a quick and efficient manner before reinforcements arrive and detonate the mines.
Over 10 high school level teams competed in the 2nd Annual Greater Philadelphia SeaGlide Challenge. A SeaGlide is a miniature underwater glider which moves by changing its buoyancy, taking in or expelling water, and shifting its center of gravity so it may dive or rise in the water. Teams spent countless hours constructing and coding their glider to be able to make its way across the pool and/or through a maze autonomously. Philadelphia is the first and only city to host a SeaGlide Challenge, as the SeaGlide program is up and coming.