photos of students participating in underwater robotics class

NOTE: The shipboard education program is not currently available. Educators and administrators interested in future programming should contact Michelle Niedermeier, PA Sea Grant Education Lead. 


This project involves student construction and operation of basic submersibles. A detailed construction manual, compiled by MIT Sea Grant, includes sources and prices of materials and components. This project promotes STEM concepts and enables students to master basic skills such as soldering, wiring and frame construction. It is also designed to promote student innovation.

PA Sea Grant has been facilitating robotic labs with students since 2009 and has built hundreds of units with students in the 4-12 grade levels. A full course can be facilitated which includes bouyancy testing, sea trial competition in pools and final applications from a research vessel to support testing and monitoring of Lake projects.

(Construction Manual, PowerPoint Classroom instruction, Grade 7-12)

poster describing the components of underwater robotics

Download:  Sea Perch Poster

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