We All Live In The Jesters' Submarine

The Philadelphia Regional might have been Royal Assault's last regional of the season, but they are not done yet. On the way home from Philly, Royal Assault had a brief meeting about the wonderful experience they had through the season. Nearing the end of this meeting, the Jesters set their eyes on another journey. This spring, Royal Assault will be participating in the 2009 Greater Philadelphia Sea Perch Challenge: Sea Search & Rescue located at Drexel University's Daskalakis Athletics Center.

Introduced by MIT's Sea Grant Program, SeaPerch is used to educate pre-college students in the experiences of underwater robotics. In this program, students learn how to build an underwater robot, called a sea perch, and the different systems that go into it. Students also gain a great deal of education about weight and buoyancy. This college-intended program did not start at Drexel. The Delaware Valley Section of the American Society of Naval Engineers and the Philadelphia Naval Surface Warfare Center brought the Sea Perch program to Drexel University. In June of 2006 the first Greater Philadelphia Sea Perch Challenge was held at Drexel University.

Royal Assault is very excited to take on this challenge. Seeing that this will be a first time experience for most of the members involved, SeaPerch will also be a wonderful learning venture and a pride point in the studentsí lives. SeaPerch is not a FIRST event but the Jesters will treat it as such. They will use the knowledge they have gained from FIRST and show nothing but gracious professionalism as they enter Drexel University. At the moment, Royal Assault has been covering all the aspects needed to succeed in the Sea Perch Challenge. They have started building as well as developing an animation and presentation ideas. Royal Assault sees nothing but greatness as they continue to Dare Mighty Things.

We'll See You in the Pool!


Article by Justin Johnson
Posted on 2009-04-04

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