Team “Maverick,” composed of members of Gunfighter Squadron, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a unit supported by Tri-City Council, took first place in the obstacle course competition in the National SeaPerch Challenge, Saturday, in Atlanta, Ga. A total of 89 teams from around the country participated at the high-school level.
SeaPerch is an underwater robotics program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in which thousands of students in high schools, middle schools, and other organizations participate nationwide. Students build a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum.
In the obstacle course competition, teams navigate their ROV to maneuver through a underwater series of rings and cubes set at various angles, surface, re-submerge, and maneuver through the obstacles in the opposite direction.
Team Maverick’s ROV finished the course in 1 hour, 3 minutes, and 12 seconds, more than 3 minutes faster than the 2nd-place team from Austin Preparatory School, Reading, Mass.
The SeaPerch Challenge events were held in the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center.
Gunfighter Squadron, along with the Navy League Cadet Corps Training Ship TopGun, also supported by Tri-City Council, is based at MCAS Miramar.