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Arkansas 4-H SeaPerch Challenge 2021

Two boys sitting at edge of pool, ready to launch their SeaPerch ROV in to the water.The Arkansas 4-H SeaPerch Challenge is held every year as a qualifier for the International SeaPerch Challenge.

This year, the Arkansas 4-H SeaPerch Challenge will be held virtually the week of March 15-18, 2021. Opportunities to get together at a pool for optional events will be through your local county extension office.  and COVID-19 safety protocols will need to be followed.

As in years past, the registration will be through your local county extension office.  but for 2021, there will be NO TEAM FEE. We will have the Open, Junior Stock & Senior Stock Classes available. Registraion will need to be completed by NOON on Friday, March 12, 2021.

Blue and green SeaPerch logo with outlines of 2 fish on the left side.

There are many resources available for the SeaPerch Challenge. Listed below are a few that have been found most useful. Click here   for last year's webinar describing details about the SeaPerch program and the 2020 SeaPerch Challenge. Be sure to check for updated event information since we will be virtual this year. Feel free to contact your local county extension office  with any questions.

 

The 2020 Arkansas 4-H SeaPerch Challenge will have the following classes:

  • Junior Stock Class: This class is for Junior competitors (ages 9 - 14) that are competing in the stock class ($25 limit on modifications & limit to 3 SeaPerch thrusters)
  • Senior Stock Class: This class is for Senior competitors (ages 15 - 19) that are competing in the stock class ($25 limit on modifications & limit to 3 SeaPerch thrusters)
  • Open Class: This class is for Junior or Senior competitors (any age) that are competing in the open class (no budget or thruster restrictions)

This year, teams will have 2 required events that they will be judged with optional events that they can participate in.

  • REQUIRED Engineering Design: This is an updated version of the Engineering Notebook. This is now a 5 page (maximum) document that outlines the Engineering Design Process for the team. Check out these instructions for the report. Follow the rubric   carefully to make sure you get all the easy points! This will be a digital submission and must be submitted by February 19 at 4:30.
  • REQUIRED Team Interview Mission Course: 4-H strives to develop well-rounded individuals that excel in soft skills such as presentation and interviews. Each team may present their ROV to a panel of judges. Components of the presentation include introduction of team, design of the ROV, modifications to fulfill tasks, successes, challenges, engineering design process. Each member of the team must have a roll in the presentation (even if it is just introducing themselves). Team members will have 10 minutes to answer at least 2 of the interview questions outlined and the final 5 minutes will be open Q&A and discussion with the judging panel. Interview questions. and scoring rubric.
  • OPTIONAL Pool Courses: If you have access to a pool, then you can do a demonstration of your ROV and its ability to complete tasks in the water. We will be recording and uploading through Flipgrid Get your uploads in by February 19. We will be voting for people's choice until February 26! Showcase anything your ROV can do. Pull our old courses you may have stashed, create new ones, or just do a simple speed test! The options are endless.
  • OPTIONAL Real-World Innovation: This is a NEW event for the SeaPerch Challenge. Think about how the technology in the SeaPerch ROV can be used in a real-world task and make it better, faster, more productive. Submit a 5 minute or less presentation on how you would use this technology somewhere else. Be sure to upload through Flipgrid before February 19 for judging. These scores will be added to votes for an Innovator Award!

2021 Competition Details

The competion will be held virtually during the course of February. Most submissions must be in by March 12 for judging. This will allow for a LIVE awards to be held via Zoom on Thursday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m.

The Engineering Notebook has been replaced with the Technical Design Report. This report is a 5 page maximum report with the following sections. 

1. Abstract (1/2 page)

2. Task Overview (1/2 page)

3. Design Approach (2 pages)

4. Experimental Results (1 page)

5. Reflection & Next Steps (1 page)

6. Acknowledgements (no page limit)

7. References (no page limit)

Be sure to check the resources below for full details of the report and the rubric. Be sure to check the rubric for those EASY points!

The report will be submitted digitally by March 12 at 4:30. Submission form will be released soon.

Technical Design Report Details  Report RUBRIC

Each team will have a 15 minute interview to a panel of judges. They will have 10 minutes to answer at LEAST 2 of the interview questions about their SeaPerch ROV design or their team approach. The final 5 minutes will be an open questioning and dissusion with the judges.

Interview times will be the week of March 15-18.

Interview Instructions & Questions  Team Interview Scoring Rubric

If your team has access to a pool, you will can submit videos to our flipgrid (links below) where we will award a people's choice award. Submit as many videos as you would like. We want to see you showcasing the abilities of your SeaPerch ROV. Feel free to pull our previous pool courses, make up your own, or just do a simple speed test. Submission of videos must be by March 12 and then we will open up for judging. Judging will be based on innovation and engineering that can be showcased within the videos. This award will be for the Engineering Award.

Junior Pool Videos - Flipgrid

Senior Pool Videos - Flipgrid

As the NEWEST portion of the SeaPerch Challenge, this allows for teams to think about how they can utilize the SeaPerch ROV technology into new and innovative ways to solve real-world problems and apply them to situations. Have your teams submit a presentation video to the flipgrid  explaining how they would use the technology of the ROV in relevant ways around them. This allows for thinking outside the box to utilize these technologies in ways that may make tasks more effecient, more productive, or easier. 

Submit videos by March 12. A panel of judges will watch the videos for judging. The scores from judges along with votes (likes) from flipgrid will be comibined for an Innovator Award.

Real-World Innovation Rubric

Junior Real-world Innovation Presentation Videos - Flipgrid

Senior Real-world Innovation Presenation Videos - Flipgrid

 

 

2021 Competition Results

Congratulations to all the teams for competing this year! Be sure to check out the full SeaPerch Awards ceremony recording  to celebrate the accomplishments of these teams.

Junior Teams

Automators, Grant County, Isabella F., Annalise W., Dakota S., & Brennon W.

Turbo Flare, Grant County, Gracie M. & Gavin M.

Senior Teams

Bryant High School H.E.A.T., Saline County, Thomas A., Landon C., Garrett F., & Rowan H.

RoboClovers, Madison County, Tucker S., Laven F., & Austin F.

 

Junior Team Winners

1st Place - Turbo Flare, Grant County, Gracie M. & Gavin M.

2nd Place - Fast Fishy, Grant County, Miley M., Kohl W., & Rayleigh U. 

3rd Place - Dynamic Duo, Madison County, Ty H. & Reese P.

Senior Team Winners

1st Place - RoboClovers, Madison County, Tucker S., Laven F., & Austin F.

2nd Place Trumpinator, Madison County, Colton E., Braydon K., & Trevor E.

3rd Place - Knight Riders, Madison County, Lillian S., Levi H., & Vallie Y.

Junior Team Winners

1st Place - Automators, Grant County, Isabella F., Annalise W., Dakota S., & Brennon W.

2nd Place - PJVM, Grant County, Paisley S., Madeley W., Jaxson C., & Violet M.

3rd Place - Fast Fishy, Grant County, Miley M., Kohl W., & Rayleigh U. 

Senior Team Winners

1st Place - Bryant High School H.E.A.T., Saline County, Thomas A., Landon C., Garrett F., & Rowan H.

2nd Place - Knight Riders, Madison County, Lillian, S., Levi H., & Vallie Y.

3rd Place - Maynard After-School Team, Randolph County, Logan E., Kyra B., Eryn A., McKenzie M., & Lexi D.

Junior Team Winners

1st Place - Turbo Flare, Grant County, Gracie M. & Gavin M.

2nd Place - Fast Fishy, Grant County, Miley M., Kohl W., & Rayleigh U. 

3rd Place - Automators, Grant County, Isabella F., Annalise W., Dakota S., & Brennon W.

Senior Team Winners

1st Place - RoboClovers, Madison County, Tucker S., Laven F., & Austin F.

2nd Place - Trumpinator, Madison County, Colton E., Braydon K., & Trevor E.

3rd Place - Maynard In-School Team, Randolph County, Kirstin P., Siddalee R., Trinity L., Blake B.

Senior Team Winners

1st Place - Maynard In-School Team, Randolph County, Kirstin P., Siddalee R., Trinity L., Blake B.

2nd Place - Maynard After-School Team, Randolph County, Logan E., Kyra B., Eryn A., McKenzie M., & Lexi D.

 

 

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