Maranatha Science Club SeaPerch Teams Win Seven Trophies in LA Regional Underwater Robotics Competition

(L to R): Back Row – Peter Otoshi, Timothy Chen, David Minassian, and Neo Mao. (L to R): Front Row – John Zhang, Allison Chang, Samantha Wu, Ethan Coe-Renner, Dorothy Chen, Joshua Kim, and Isaac Lee.


The Maranatha High School Science Club SeaPerch Underwater Robot Teams participated in the 2020 Los Angeles Regional SeaPerch Underwater Robotics competition on February 29 with impressive results and winning seven trophies overall. The two teams from Maranatha placed 2nd and 3rd overall, won 1st place for Technical Design Report, and placed 2nd and 3rd in both the Obstacle Course and Mission Course.

Both SeaPerch teams were coached by Maranatha Science Chair Mr. Dan Newkirk and Physics teacher Mr. Nathan Spear, organized by Maranatha parent volunteers Dr. Shouhua Huang of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Mr. Jacky Chen, and Mr. Ethan Lee, and supported by the Coe-Renner family of Maranatha.

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV while learning engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.

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