Competition location, Arizona State University Recreational Center, 400 E. Apache Blvd. 

Limited to the first 30 teams

What is SeaPerch?

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 as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.​

Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. Students learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to all the exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean, and marine engineering.

Students learn best with hands-on activities. During the process of building a SeaPerch, they follow an established curriculum to completely assemble the ROV, test it, and then participate in launching their vehicles.
Students are encouraged to compete in a culminating event, the SeaPerch Challenge. Events at the Challenge can include:

  • Vehicle performance - maneuvering and recovery

  • Innovative design (optional)

  • Engineering Notebook submissions – Selected oral presentations to judges

Winners of regional SeaPerch Challenges may be able compete in the National SeaPerch Challenge, held each spring. A list of registered regional Challenges that are qualifiers for the National Challenge are posted on our website each fall. for more info please go to SeaPerch website,

Teacher/Mentor Training Program

Online video training is available on our website. These videos walk you through the entire build process and provide extra training in areas like soldering, for those who require this level of detail and can be viewed at any time and stopped and started as needed. You will need to have an actual SeaPerch kit and tool kit in front of you prior to beginning, and those are available for sale through our website.

Some of the concepts they will learn include:

  • Ship and submarine design

  • Buoyancy/displacement 

  • Propulsion 

  • Soldering/tool safety and usage 

  • Vectors 

  • Electricity/circuits and switches 

  • Ergonomics 

  • Waterproofing 

  • Depth measurement 

  • Biological sampling 

  • Attenuation of light 

  • Moment arm, basic physics of motion 

  • Career possibilities 

The teams will be judged on the following aspects:

  • Obstacle course 

  • Mission course

  • Technical design report notebook

  • Oral presentations to judges

  • Team spirit and sportsmanship at the event

Program Rules / Related Documents:

This competition is open to elementary, Jr. high and high school students. Each SeaPerch kit can be purchased for approximately $200 and there are numerous on-line resources to help educators and mentors guide the students through the process. To learn more visit:

The competition is limited to the first 40 teams that respond. The cost to each team will be $25.00 and which will go towards awards.

For questions please contact Fredi Lajvardi at

Albert L Esparza