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Seacoast SeaPerch Challenge

Educator Training Program

What is SeaPerch?


Seacoast SeaPerch Challenge

The Seacoast SeaPerch Regional Competition is an annual event held at the University of New Hampshire on the Durham campus, and includes different challenges for the SeaPerch teams to complete.

The tentative date for the 2024 Seacoast SeaPerch Challenge is Friday, April 5th, 2024. More details to come.

The challenge generally includes an obstacle course to test the ROVs' speed and maneuverability, and a challenge course. Seacoast SeaPerch follows the yearly mission courses of the International SeaPerch Challenge, which posts updates on their site

More detailed information about our regional Challenge will be posted soon online and on the Seacoast SeaPerch Facebook page.

Registration for our Regional SeaPerch competition is a two-step process.

Team Registration
Each school, group or organization can register up to 2 teams to compete in the competition during the Team Registration. Each team must consist of 2-6 students, and up to 2 coaches. At this point, any additional teams that you would like to have compete can go onto our waiting list by contacting Tara Hicks Johnson at We are limited to 50 teams, so register as soon as you can!

Participant Registration
Closer to the event, you will be given a secondary registration link and will need to provide the exact number of students competing along with their information. You do not need to know this information for the initial Team Registration. Payment will be during the Participant Registration step.

A full rules summary will be coming soon. In the meantime, here are some quick important facts:

  • The cost to compete, which includes lunch and a shirt, will be determined soon.
  • We will be following the pool challenges detailed in the National SeaPerch organization website (please see

If you have any questions at all, please just message us on the Facebook page, or email Tara at

VOLUNTEERS - Want to volunteer for the event? Volunteers will receive lunch and a t-shirt. Many positions are available, please check back for more information.

Educator Training Program

Interested in bringing the SeaPerch ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) program to your classroom? Attend the next Seacoast SeaPerch Educator Workshop on Saturday, November 4th, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Seacoast SeaPerch's one-day training program is open to educators, 4-H leaders, afterschool providers, community partners and others interested in coaching a SeaPerch club or team. Learn how to build and test an underwater ROV.

The training includes:

  • Building a SeaPerch—educators will work in teams to build a SeaPerch ROV.
  • Working with youth—learn strategies for challenging youth and incorporating the principles of inquiry science.
  • Organizing a SeaPerch Club/Team—we will get you started in forming a SeaPerch club or team. Covering startup costs, school teams and 4-H clubs, safety, finding local sponsors, general resources and competition details.
  • Participants will build a SeaPerch kit during the workshop in pairs, and then receive instructions and a parts list to help you build them with your group.

The cost for the workshop is $25 which includes lunch and course materials.

A detailed map showing parking instructions and relevant buildings will be sent before the workshop to registered participants.

Limited to 20 participants.

The link to register is

For more information, visit the the Educators Workshop page or contact Tara Hicks Johnson by email at or call 603-862-1417, and be sure to follow Seacoast SeaPerch on Facebook for updates.


What is SeaPerch?

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from low-cost, easily accessible materials, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme.

The SeaPerch Program provides students with opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering  technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.

When youth participate in SeaPerch, they…

  • get a hands-on educational tool 
  • have a fun and challenging experience
  • are educated to Common Core Standards
  • learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • are taught by trained teachers and mentors
  • get to be part of a team
  • are inspired!

Students learn best by doing, and while participating in the Seacoast SeaPerch Program, they will follow steps to completely assemble the ROV, test and modify it to be sure it functions properly and then launch their vehicle to conduct various missions.

SeaPerch can be readily modified to conduct specific tasks such as object retrieval and be fitted with different sensors and probes to conduct different missions.



For more information about the Seacoast SeaPerch program, please contact:

Tara Hicks Johnson
Outreach Specialist

Claes Thelemarck
UNH Extension Field Specialist
Youth & Family

Roland Marquis
SeaPerch Program Coordinator
(207) 438-5726

For more information and photos, visit the Seacoast SeaPerch Facebook page.