Cost and Funding
A Sea Perch with a plankton net
If bought in bulk, the for a basic Sea Perch ROV come out to about $75 per ROV. One set of the tools, battery and charger that can be used for multiple Sea Perches (and reused year after year!) costs about $250. If you're interested in buying small numbers of preassembled kits, check with SeaPerch.org. They also have some funding opportunities available.
We've made every effort to find the cheapest, most accessible parts for everything on the Sea Perch. We wanted to make every bit of a Sea Perch easy to find, and easy to replace; this allows it to be used in classrooms that have very little money in their budget or schools that receive limited outside funding from supporting groups.
Some teachers borrow tools from the wood shop or get help from parents for the construction. Some teachers reuse every part from year to year.