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Students Participate in SeaPerch Challenge

Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 9:56 am

Five teams of students from Montross Middle School and Washington & Lee High School were among the 43 teams competing at the Regional SeaPerch Challenge at the Fredericksburg Academy’s indoor pool on March 9, 2019.  WMLCPS students who placed in the competition were Jesse Fulkerson, second place in the pool challenge; Jason Hensarling and Trey Oliver who placed sixth in the pool challenge; and Nick Bowen and Danny Berry who placed second in the notebook presentation.

SeaPerch are remote controlled submersibles that students must first build themselves, designing them to meet the pool challenges.  While piloting their SeaPerch in the pool, the students had to maneuver them through a five ring obstacle course, and then retrieve whiffle balls and place them on a platform on the other side of the course.  The students also designed and presented engineering notebooks as part of the competition.

The Montross Middle School and W&L High School SeaPerch students and their coaches, Chastaine Perry, Meghan Smith, and Rob Wright, would like to extend their gratitude to Ms. Alexandra Bentz and the staff at the King George YMCA for graciously allowing them to practice piloting their SeaPerch prior to the competition.

Montross Middle School student Jason Hensarling prepares

his SeaPerch before the event. He and his teammate, Trey Oliver

placed sixth in the pool challenge.