Sea Perch In Your School

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MIT doesn't bring the Sea Perch ROV to your school - you do.

Students, teachers, parents and sponsors who have learned about the Sea Perch ROV, can advocate to have Sea Perch become part of their science (or more specifically, robotics) curriculum.

"We like working within the 'Train the Trainer' approach; it allows us to expose Sea Perch to a wide range of teachers, who then bring the program to students from every geographic area, social base, and knowledge level. This plan also gives us the most in-depth feedback for the program, what works in some areas doesn't work as well in others. It has allowed us to make the program completely dynamic. Some teachers use building a Sea Perch to teach physics and electrical circuits, while others use built Sea Perches for biological surveying, ecology, and weather."

- Sarah Hammond, former marine educator, MIT Sea Grant College Program.

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Training Teachers to Teach STEM with Sea Perch ROV

Bringing Sea Perch to a school requires that at least one teacher be trained by MIT Sea Grant educational staff or another qualified trainer. We can work with you to set up trainings for individual schools, for school districts, or other groups defined by shared interest or geography. You may also be able to take advantage of trainings that are conducted by other organizations, like or The Portsmith Naval Shipyard in New Hampsire. Since we started Sea Perch programming, it has spread across the country!

Contact us to set up a training by emailing

Bringing Sea Perch to Your School

Before you pitch the program to your administration, let us know your plans. We may be able to help you make the case that this is a tool that can revolutionize STEM teaching in your school. Review the materials summary below, as well as the curriculum, and also the schools and organizations participating in Sea Perch.

A Sea Perch Build Site Needs:
  • tools
  • work space
  • electricity
  • a pool or body of water
  • stations for wax and drilling

Teacher Traning Workbench Space / Electrical Requirements : To do a training, we'll need enough space for the teachers to work. Normally, two teachers can work together at a 6ft table space (or the equivalent). We will also need an electrical outlet at or near each table.

In addition to the workbench space, we also need space to set up a drilling station and a waxing station, with a power source near each. (That takes up about two 8ft tables.) The wax station table needs to be covered with either paper or plastic for protection/ease of cleanup from the wax. We also need water access either in the room or nearby. This is needed for the water bath for the wax station, as well as the soldering iron sponges and clean up. Lots of paper towels are always great, and we'll need to have a few garbage cans around.

Tools Per Site (summary)

Two teachers can share a set of tools

PVC pipe cutter
Phillips screw driver
Flat head screw driver
Drill bits : 1/4" , 3/32"
Electric hot pot
Soldering iron
Wire cutter
Wire stripper
Safety glasses

For a complete parts list, visit Building a Sea Perch ROV

Testing the Vehicles : It's ideal to test in a big body of water, but we freuquently use something smaller and simpler for the basic function test during a training. A 50-gallon trash can (full of water) will work for this.

Once we have tested in the lab/classroom, we like to take the teachers to a large body of water for running their vehicles. A pool, pond, dock, etc. is great. Please let us know what our options are for each site.

The Future of Sea Perch

MIT Sea Grant's latest project is the Sea Perch Institute, a school-year-long underwater robotics program that inspires teams of local students to collaborate and build on the basic Sea Perch ROV to tackle complex underwater challenges.

To learn how to start your own Sea Perch Institute, email