FORT WAYNE, Ind.—High school students are putting their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to the test this week in the Sea Perch Experience at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Ten students will take part in the outreach, which culminates in a final robotic competition on Friday, June 28, at 2:30 p.m. at Renaissance Pointe Family YMCA.
The students will work in teams of three to four students to build Sea Perch submersibles, which are simple, remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) made from PVC pipe and other inexpensive, easily available materials. Once the student teams have built their ROVs they will compete against each on an obstacle course and a follow up with a presentation.
The competition will take place Friday, June 28, at the Renaissance Pointe Family YMCA, located at 2323 Bowser Avenue in Fort Wayne. The instructors for the Sea Perch Experience are Jeff Nowak, associate professor and director of the NISTEM Educational Resource Center, and Andre Patterson, CTE outreach coordinator.
Members of the media are invited to observe the Sea Perch Experience and attend the competition Friday, June 28, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Pointe Family YMCA.
The Sea Perch Experience is sponsored by the IPFW Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA), the Departments of Physics and Mathematics, the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science, the Office of Research and External Support, and the Renaissance Pointe Family YMCA.
For more information, contact Christopher Riley, assistant director of multicultural services, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, at 260-481-6847 or firstname.lastname@example.org.