International SeaPerch Challenge

Welcome to the 2021 SeaPerch Season!

We know there is a lot of uncertainty this season so we want to be clear: The 2021 SeaPerch Season is a go!

Rest assured, there will be a variety of virtual opportunities to participate in this year. Don't let distance learning and social distancing get you down. Pick up your parts and get started building today! Read our Kickoff announcement.

2021 Theme (Circle) SeaPerch OnShore (Circle) SeaPerch in the Wild (Circle)


SeaPerch Onshore

SeaPerch in the Wild

Don't have access to your normal pool? No worries! We've designed a mini-course just for you.

See the 2021 Mini-Course

Connect online! Share stories from your SeaPerch season and vote for your favorites. 

Check out what's new onshore

Design your SeaPerch for an adventure outside of the deep end of the pool and explore the wild.

Explore real-world project ideas

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Pool Courses

SeaPerch competitions typically include two in-pool components. These components include:

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 (dive or ascend) 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. Please note: there is no guarantee of the position of the obstacle course hoops at competitions, so operators should not try to memorize actions such as in playing a video game but should instead practice a variety of general high-speed maneuvers.

The Mission Course incorporates a mission that teams must complete with their SeaPerch related to a particular real-world application. Mission courses test various skills including ability to lift, move, manuever, and develop innovative solutions to a technical challenge.

Learn more about the Pool Courses planned for the 2020 SeaPerch Season on the 2020 Pool Course page.

Record Your Engineering ProcessEngineering Notebook Bots

Engineering notebooks are used by engineers to document ideas and the steps taken to solve engineering problems during design projects. It is strongly recommended that teams maintain an engineering notebook to document the engineering process used to design and modify their SeaPerch ROV to meet the pool challenges. SeaPerch teams may be asked to submit their engineering process documentation in the form of a notebook, video, or executive summary as a scored component of competitions.

Learn more on the Engineering Process page. 

SeaPerch in the Wild - Citizen Science

SeaPerch in the Wild_reducedIt’s a lot of fun to build a SeaPerch and compete in a closed environment like a pool but did you know there are many applications for SeaPerch outside of the pool? From underwater exploration to data collection and clean-up, SeaPerches can be modified to research and respond to real-world questions and challenges facing all of our communities. Each year, we pose a few broad challenge topics and invite teams to share their ideas, research, and prototypes.

Learn more on the Citizen Science Projects page. 

Regional Competitions Around the World

2019 Regionals Map_Nov

SeaPerch competitions are hosted annually by local coordinators around the world. The map and list located on the Regional Competitions page, include the regional competitions that have been allocated qualifying spaces for the current and past International SeaPerch Challenges. 

Learn more on the Regional Competitions page.

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