Monday, April 11, 2016

Grossmont College hosting underwater robotics competition

The Grossmont College pool will be transformed into an underwater maze April 16 for the fifth annual SeaPerch San Diego’s Regional Qualifying Tournament.

Between 75 and 100 middle- and high-school students will be on campus to operate their student-built robotic submarines in a high-tech competition where they attempt to release and capture Ping-Pong balls from containers positioned in deep water. This is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education competition.

Commanding Officer Capt. Kurt J. Rothenhause of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command will preside at opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. The competition from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. is free and open to the public.

U.S. Navy divers will be on hand to assist with the competition and display underwater remotely operated vehicles and other high-tech dive gear.

The tournament is a qualifying event for the National SeaPerch competition May 20-21 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. For more information about the National competition and the SeaPerch program, visit the SeaPerch website at

The volunteer group SeaPerch San Diego, under the auspices of the Maritime Alliance, has been training teachers to lead students in robotic submarine building for the past seven years.

For more information about this event, contact Dave Massey at or (619) 517-4288.

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