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Area Students Compete in Underwater Robotics Competition

May 4, 2014

HONOLULU, May 4 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security'sU.S. Coast Guard, 14th District, issued the following news release:

Approximately 200 students from 17 area schools participated in an underwater robotics competition at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, Saturday.

Fifth through eighth graders demonstrated their math, science and robot-building skills by competing at the Base Honolulu pool while family members, friends and teachers cheered from the sidelines.

The Hawaii State SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge is an innovative underwater robotics competition where students test robots they have constructed. The students, using kits with low-cost parts, built these robots utilizing engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork and technical applications.

The SeaPerch Challenge is part of the Coast Guard and Department of Defense Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics outreach program for the state of Hawaii.

The Coast Guard, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in conjunction with volunteers from across Hawaii hosted the Hawaii State SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the Joint Venture in Education Forum, a partnership between the Department of Defense and state Department of Education.

To learn more about SeaPerch, visit

For more information about Coast Guard and community partnerships, visit

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Source: Targeted News Service

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