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April 15, 2022
By Rebekah Hall U of A System Division of Agriculture
(597 words)(Newsrooms: With additional art at https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzKhov)
BRYANT, Ark. — As an important tool of space exploration and deep-sea research, robotics
is a vital field in the future of science. Forty teams put their robotics knowledge
to the test at the 2022 Arkansas SeaPerch Challenge on April 11 at the Center at Bishop
Park in Bryant, Arkansas.
At the event, hosted by Arkansas 4-H and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, junior
and high school student teams steered their remotely operated vehicles through two
underwater challenge courses and answered interview questions from judges.
The overall winning junior, senior and open teams will head to the International SeaPerch
Challenge at the University of Maryland on June 4. The Trumpinators – Colton Edwards
and Trevor Edwards of Madison County – are the winning senior team, and their coach
is Darrin Henderson. The winning junior team is the Wave Shockers from Grant County:
Jaxson Andrews, Luke Douthit, Kaylynn Cogbill and Hannah Nash, with coach Brad McGinley.
The winning open team is BZBot2 from Washington County: Ash Wood and Ryuji Adhryan,
with coach Len Wood. A list of all SeaPerch challenge winners is at 4h.uada.edu/programs/science/engineering-technology/seaperch.aspx.
Teams constructed their submersible robots using more than three dozen parts, including
PVC pipes, pieces of pool noodle, propellers, three 12-volt motors and batteries.
At each challenge station, two members from each team were tasked with steering the
robot through the course and handling the rope or wire attached to the robot. In the
obstacle course, competitors had to navigate their robots through a series of plastic
hoops placed at different angles. The mission course, designed to simulate space exploration,
tested the robots’ abilities to pick up and move objects.
Teams were timed during their progress through the courses, with judges at each station
rating their performance. The teams were also scored on their technical reports for
the project, and on their engineering notebooks, which they submitted in advance.
These notebooks document the engineering process throughout the build of each team’s
ROV and were included in the judging and overall team rankings.
Lori Canada, extension 4-H STEM coordinator for the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture, said the competition engaged students across multiple skills.
“It was a great day to have the Arkansas 4-H SeaPerch event at the Bryant Parks and
Recreation Center at Bishop Park,” Canada said. “Many thanks to our sponsor Electric
Cooperatives of Arkansas for supporting our program. This is a great opportunity for
youth to learn and grow in more skills than just engineering. Through the SeaPerch
program, participants practice critical thinking, problem-solving, presentation skills
and so much more. Congratulations to all teams that participated in this year's competition.”
The competition also included an interview, during which judges questioned participants
about their design process, competition goals and individual roles in their robot’s
construction. Teams were rated on their engineering design process, their organization
and creativity, and the confidence and clarity of their presentation during the interview.
As a longtime Arkansas 4-H partner, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas encourages
the 4-H model of “learning by doing” practiced in the SeaPerch Challenge.
“The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and Arkansas 4-H have a long-standing partnership
to provide learning opportunities for the youth of our great state,” Rob Roedel, director
of corporate communications for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, said. “The
SeaPerch program is an excellent avenue to attract our future leaders to STEM-based
opportunities. We look forward to working with Arkansas 4-H to make the Arkansas SeaPerch
program one of the best in the nation.”
For more information about the Arkansas 4-H SeaPerch Challenge, visit 4h.uada.edu. To learn more about the SeaPerch program, visit seaperch.org/about.
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. To learn more about Division
of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture,
visit https://uada.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Rebekah Hall email@example.com @RKHall_ 501-671-2061