Nimitz students win SeaPerch competition

PHOTO: Nimitz High School juniors Alberto Torres, Jesus Garza and Damian Espinoza won first place and a bid to nationals at the Regional SeaPerch Competition. / Courtesy photo

A team of students from Nimitz High School won first place (out of 67 teams) in the high school division of the 2nd Annual Dallas Regional SeaPerch Competition held at Loos Natatorium in Dallas on April 2. Team members Jesus Garza, Alberto Torres and Damian Espinoza, all juniors in the advanced engineering design class at Nimitz, will compete at the National SeaPerch competition at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La on May 20 and 21.

SeaPerch is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education) outreach program sponsored by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research. The SeaPerch competition requires students to work together in a small team to design, build and modify an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to complete a set of challenges. During the process, students gain valuable knowledge in submarine operations, ROV operations, buoyancy, soldering, electrical systems and controls. In addition to competing in underwater challenges, students must also make a poster presentation and participate in an interview session, where they are quizzed over their knowledge and learning through the SeaPerch experience.