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Navy Great Lakes Regional SeaPerch Competition 2020

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020


The National Museum of the American Sailor is proud to partner with Recruit Training Command for the 2020 Navy Great Lakes Regional Competition. NMAS is now accepting Registration Forms for the 2020 Competition. We hope to see you there!

Registration for the 2020 Navy Great Lakes Competition is now closed. 


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 75 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.


2020 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.

The Obstacle Course tests high-speed maneuverability and requires your SeaPerch to navigate the course as quickly as possible. The SeaPerch operator must develop the skill to turn and adjust the vertical position while driving in full or near-full speed and must also be able to quickly reverse the Seaperch to make corrections if it is off course.

The Mission Course is inspired by real-life circumstances and includes a series of tasks for your SeaPerch team to accomplish. This year's Mission Course tackles Waterway Cleanup. Teams are asked to assist with cleanup efforts in a particularly polluted waterway. Specific technical challenges include:

  • The Active Mine - Disarm the mine by rotating the arming device affixed to the mine.
  • The Disposal Vault - Open the vault prior to using it to dispose of sunken trash.
  • The Garbage Patch - Remove pieces of floating trash and transport to the pool deck.
  • Sunken Waste - Remove the sunken waste and trasport to the disposal vault.

Learn more about the 2020 Challenge and download the course scoresheets at

Please note: The 2020 Navy Great Lakes SeaPerch Competition does not include the Technical Design Report or Engineering Notebook. Teams who move on to the National Competition will be asked to submit a Technical Design Report to the national officials.


Questions about the Navy Great Lakes SeaPerch Competition? Contact us at 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:

Published: Tue Mar 03 13:02:03 EST 2020