Engineers from Lockheed Martin's Baltimore facility have joined approximately 40 Baltimore City high school students when they demonstrated, for the first time, the SeaPerch Remotely Operated Vehicles that the employees helped the students build.
The event, held at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, included teams of students from the Institute and the Maritime Industries Academy and was the culmination of a program that blended an academic curriculum with eight weeks of instruction on how to build a working underwater robot, called a SeaPerch. Both teams demonstrated three underwater robotic maneuvers with their SeaPerch vehicles.
Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and based on the book How to Build an Underwater Robot by Harry Bohm and Vickie Jensen, the SeaPerch program is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
Locally, Lockheed Martin engineers, along with Baltimore Polytechnic Institute teachers Ronald Roge and Michael Scott, and Maritime Industries Academy teacher Criselda Belarmino, tailored the program for Baltimore City Public Schools.
"SeaPerch is an outstanding underwater robotics program that shows high school students how they can excel and have fun in engineering," said Dr. Charles Johnson-Bey, an advanced technology engineer at Lockheed Martin's Baltimore site.
"It's important that we use opportunities like the SeaPerch program to spark student interest and help to grow the engineers of tomorrow."
"This program is a perfect example of how our kids can benefit from a partnership between city schools and public-spirited companies like Lockheed Martin," said Dr. Andres A. Alonso, Baltimore City Public Schools Chief Executive Officer. "Projects like the robotics program involve our students in science, math and technology in a way that's meaningful and rewarding."
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