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On Saturday, March 9, 2019 a group of 14 upper school students competed in the 14th Annual Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch/SeaGlide Challenge. This year's event took place on the campus of Temple University, with 30+ High School teams throughout the region participating.The Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch & SeaGlide Challenge is offered to schools through a partnership between the College of Science & Technology at Temple University, the American Society of Naval Engineers (Delaware Valley) and the Philadelphia Naval Surface Warfare Center. The challenge is designed to expose students to the new and innovative ideas that emerge daily in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) career fields.
This was the seventh year that teacher Glenn Heck has taken the DVFS team to the competition, and he was proud to announce that for the second time in the seven years of competing, the team brought the SeaPerch Overall Championship trophy back to DV! The team had previously won this title in 2016.
This year's Sea Dragon VII ROV was designed by Andrew LePera ('19) and Tori Gregory-Russo ('21) with Michael Catalano-Johnson ('19) navigating and Blake Howe ('19) piloting. Blake and Michael beat the nearest competition in the underwater challenge scenario by more than 6 minutes.
The team also won the 3rd place trophy for their Engineering Design Notebook. The entire team contributed to the Notebook with Andrew LePera ('19) and Kyle Simkins ('19) acting as final editors. Shelly Dussault ('19), Michael Catalano-Johnson ('19) and Lauren Yard ('19) took home the 1st trophy for their Marketing Presentation, selling their Sea Dragon to a panel of naval engineers.
The capstone of the competition was the receipt of the Best Engineering Process award for proving to the Navy engineers that they understand how engineers work together as a team to deliver a product.
Special thanks to teacher Daniel Badgio and all of the parents who attended the competition to give our students support. To the DVFS SeaPerch Team, we are proud of your hard work, in and out of the classroom in preparing for this day. Congratulations on your outstanding achievements at the competition!
Sea Dragons Rule!
Learn more about the Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge here: http://www.phillynavalstem.com/