Pana HS students win Regional SeaPerch Challenge

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Pictured: James Hill, Babe Bradley, Ahsten Wallace, Garrett Horton, Steven Gordon Pictured: James Hill, Babe Bradley, Ahsten Wallace, Garrett Horton, Steven Gordon

PANA – Four 9th Grade Pana High School teams traveled north on Saturday to compete in the Navy City Outreach Chicago Regional SeaPerch Challenge, and one team came back the Grand Champions.

SeaPerch is a U.S. Navy outreach program that provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering curriculum. Students learned about engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork and technical applications during the project.

On Saturday, March 19, a team from Pana High School came away as the Grand Champions of the event at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center near North Chicago.

N6 Pana Bathyscaphe, a team consisting of 9th Grade students Babe Bradley, Ahsten Wallace, James Hill, Garrett Horton and Steven Gordon, won the event, along with other accolades.

Along with being Grand Champions, they received: Best Engineering Design, 2nd Place in Poster Presentation, 2nd Place in Obstacle Challenge, 1st Place in Orbs Challenge and 1st Place in overall Open Class.

The team moves on to present the Navy City Outreach Chicago Regional and Pana High School in the Sixth National SeaPerch Challenge, which is held May 20 – 21 at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In preparation for the National Challenge, the team will be upgrading and improving their robot, presentation and raising funds to finance their journey.

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