Sea Air and Land Challenge
The Sea Air and Land Challenge is a non-profit STEM robotics program for high school-aged students. Nicknamed the SeAL Challenge, the semester-long program introduces students to the engineering process through the use of robotics. Teams of 3-10 students design and build robotic systems to compete in the challenge of their choice – Sea, Air or Land - which mimic missions encountered by the military and first responders. As the name implies, students may build submersibles for the Sea Challenge, drones for the Air Challenge or land rovers for the Land Challenge. The SeAL Challenge can be presented to the students as a club or after-school activity, as an engineering course, or as part of the curriculum within a math, science or technology course.
This program, now in its eighth year, is free to students and school districts. There is no fee for registration, the curriculum or the program material. However, each team is responsible for securing their own funding for their robotic system, a maximum of $500 per team, as part of the challenge.
All Challenges have been met with great enthusiasm and success and 94% of the students said this program improved their understanding of the engineering process and 100% of the teachers said they would like to participate again next year. Additionally, the students had a chance to grow their confidence and their soft skills, such as communication, leadership and team work.
There are eleven regions open this spring in PA, OH, NY, VA and FL. If you are interested in participating or would like to start your own region, check out the website.
This program is funded by a grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and administered by Penn State University.