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Underwater Robotics Competition to Test 600 Middle High School Students at Drexel University

April 23, 2009

What:

The Drexel University College of Engineering will host more than 600 middle, high school and community college students as they square off in the Greater Philadelphia Sea Perch Challenge — an underwater robotics competition.

Teams will navigate underwater robots, called sea perches, by remote control. Sea perches, which measure 1 foot in length, width and height and are made of plastic tubes and flotation orbs, propellers and sensors, must be maneuvered through rings and recover weighted objects, carrying them to collection buckets.

Students built sea perches in 14 weeks with the help of professional mentors trained by the Navy. Students learn about robot-building, propulsion systems, controllers, weight and buoyancy in the Sea Perch Challenge, hosted by Drexel University’s College of Engineering, the Delaware Valley branch of the American Society of Naval Engineers and Philadelphia Naval Surface Warfare Center.

Visuals: • Students installing camera packs and testing their Sea Perches • Students navigating their sea perches through rings and controlling them to pick up weighted objects • Students’ parents and mentors cheering on the teams

When: Saturday, April 25, 2009 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m Underwater competition: 9:30 a.m. Award ceremony: 2:30 p.m.

Where: Pool on lower level of Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center, 33rd and Market streets

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Noah Cohen, Office of University Relations 215-895-2705, 267-228-5599 (cell) or noah.cohen@drexel.edu

Elizabeth Brachelli, Drexel University College of Engineering 215-895-6454 or ebrachelli@coe.drexel.edu

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