The Navy Great Lakes Regional Competition is back in 2022! The National Museum of the American Sailor is thrilled to welcome your teams back to the pool for the annual competition.
Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 competition looks slightly different than in previous years. The biggest change is this year's venue. In order to best protect the health of our sailors, we are unable to host the competition aboard Naval Station Great Lakes. The 2022 competition will tentatively take place at Lake Forest Academy, just down the road from Naval Station Great Lakes. But rest assured, students will still have the opportunity to interact with sailors, who act as volunteers in all aspects of the competition.
Registration for the 2022 Competition is now closed.
For periodic updates about the 2022 competition, sign up for the Navy Great Lakes SeaPerch competition newsletter.
About the Navy Great Lakes Regional Competition
This competition features three classes: Middle School Standard, High School Standard, and Open Class. Three teams qualify for the National Competition at the University of Maryland in May.
Approximately one month before the competition date, each team receives a confirmation packet with their assigned competition time slot, rolling check in time, and more. Competitiors can enjoy a food truck, triage station, and test pool on competition day.
Please Note: The competition is open to 50 teams total. To ensure all schools have an opportunity to compete, schools are limited to a maximum of 5 teams. If your school/organization has more than 5 teams who want to participate, they will be added to a wait list and contacted after registration closes.
Challenge and Scoring
The Navy Great Lakes competition uses the same course and score system as the National SeaPerch competition. The competition includes two in-pool components: an obstacle course and a challenge course. Each year, the course and its objectives change. The 2022 Challenge is Space Exploration.
Questions about the Navy Great Lakes SeaPerch Competition? Contact us atNHHC_NMAS@us.navy.mil or by calling (847) 688-3154.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 their ROV using pre-assembled kits and a STEM curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. Throughout the project, students learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.
Who can participate and how long does it take to build a ROV?
SeaPerch is designed for middle and high school students. SeaPerch recommends one ROV kit for teams of 2-4 students. It takes approximately 10 hours to build and test a SeaPerch kit, but the SeaPerch curriculum is adaptable to each group’s needs and learning outcomes. Some schools spend a whole semester building their SeaPerch, whereas out-of-school groups may dedicate only a few weekends.
Does the Navy provide and/or sponsor ROV kits?
No, the Navy does not have kits available for distribution. We recommend contacting your school's PTO or a local service organization, such as the Rotary Club, about the sponsorship of teams.
For more information about SeaPerch or to purchase kits, please visit the SeaPerch website: https://www.seaperch.org/