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Welcome to the new RoboNation Build a Bot awards!

As an education-focused nonprofit organization, RoboNation aims to reduce traditional barriers to participation in robotics programs. Through programs such as SeaPerch, we promote opportunities to engage students and educators in inquiry-based learning with real-world applications. One of these barriers is the funding to acquire the materials and equipment necessary for a build.

This Build a Bot program is meant to provide educators and student groups with the resources necessary to develop hands-on skills, build a robot, and learn how to use it for good. 

Although in a lot of ways, this awards program is taking SeaPerch back to its roots when grants were widely available, this new program is a bit different. A limited number of awards will be awarded for the Fall 2021 semester. 


Three types of awards are open for applications. Please review the criteria for each of these award levels and ensure that your application fits within the parameters of your selected award category.

  • SEED Awards: For groups interested in exploring their local environments with a SeaPerch ROV. Projects must include a real-world application as a use case. Projects are expected to reach 5-30 students and 1-3 educators/mentors. Awards will be limited to 1-3 SeaPerch ROV kits.
  • GROW Awards: For groups new to SeaPerch looking to introduce students to hands-on STEM content and skills. Projects are expected to reach 10-30 students and 1-5 educators/mentors. Awards will be limited to 3-5 SeaPerch ROV kits, 1-2 SeaPerch tool kits, and 1 training session.
  • SCALE Awards: For groups looking to expand their SeaPerch engagement. Projects are expected to reach 30-75+ students, 2-10 mentors and must include a community partnership. Awards will be limited to 10-25 SeaPerch ROV kits, 3-4 SeaPerch tool kits, and 2 training sessions.


All Award categories include the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants and programs must be based in the U.S.
  • Applicants may be K-12 schools (public, charter, or private), homeschool groups, or nonprofit community organizations
  • Only one (1) award will be made per school/organization per year
  • Preference will be given to projects that include underrepresented, underserved, and/or military-connected students and communities
  • Engagement surveys will be provided for all student and adult participants to complete
  • Awardees must submit a short (1-page) report in early December 2021



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Welcome to 2021 SeaPerch International Challenge Judging! 

Thank you for investing in the lives of our SeaPerch students.  

Join us this season as a judge and get to know our amazing student teams - watch them learn and grow, enjoy their stories and dreams, and provide feedback to help them succeed.  


"The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others."     DeAnn Hollis


 
Welcome to the 2021 International SeaPerch Challenge!  Register now for the virtual competition.  

Complete applications include:

  1. General Team Information (Team Members - max. 8 / Team Coach - max. 2)
  2. Team Interview desired dates -  Note that the team interview should be scheduled within 30 days of registration completion.  Go to: https://calendly.com/robonation to schedule your Team Interview.
  3. Engineering Design submission
  4. Real World Innovation submission (Optional)
  5. Event Pool Course submission (Optional)
  6. Community and Outreach submission (Optional)
  7. Application Fee - $225 (non-refundable)


For complete competition details, CLICK HERE to view the 2021 SeaPerch International Challenge rules.

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The RoboBoat student competition is designed to build an international community of innovators – ranging from high school to higher education, capable of making substantive contributions to the maritime field and pushing development of small scale (X-Class) Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV). The competition is designed to encourage participants to develop a USV using systems engineering principles.

Dates:  June 22-28, 2020

Location: Reed Canal Park, South Daytona, Florida, U.S.A.

Register before November 30, 2019, to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing!

  • Early Bird Fee: $650.00 (register before November 30, 2019)
  • Full Registration: $750.00 (register after November 30, 2019)

The 2020 RoboBoat Registration closes on February 29, 2020.


Paying by check? 

Complete the following registration form: Pay by CHECK.

The RoboBoat student competition is designed to build an international community of innovators – ranging from high school to higher education, capable of making substantive contributions to the maritime field and pushing development of small scale (X-Class) Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV). The competition is designed to encourage participants to develop a USV using systems engineering principles.

Dates:  June 22-28, 2020

Location: Reed Canal Park, South Daytona, Florida, U.S.A.

Register before November 30, 2019, to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing!

  • Early Bird Fee: $650.00 (register before November 30, 2019)
  • Full Registration: $750.00 (register after November 30, 2019)

The 2020 RoboBoat Registration closes on February 29, 2020.


Paying by credit card? 

Complete the following registration: Pay by CREDIT CARD

The RoboSub student competition is designed to build an international community of innovators – ranging from high school to higher education, capable of making substantive contributions to the maritime field and pushing development of small scale (X-Class) Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (AUV). The competition is designed to encourage participants to develop an AUV using systems engineering principles.

Dates:  August 3-9, 2020

Location: NIWC Pacific TRANSDEC, San Diego, California, U.S.A.

Register before November 30, 2019, to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing!

  • Early Bird Fee: $850.00 (register before December 15, 2019)
  • Full Registration: $1,000.00 (register after December 15, 2019)

The 2020 RoboSub Registration closes on February 29, 2020.


Paying by check? 

Complete the following registration form: Pay by CHECK.

The RoboSub student competition is designed to build an international community of innovators – ranging from high school to higher education, capable of making substantive contributions to the maritime field and pushing development of small scale (X-Class) Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (AUV). The competition is designed to encourage participants to develop an AUV using systems engineering principles.

Dates:  August 3-9, 2020

Location: NIWC Pacific TRANSDEC, San Diego, California, U.S.A.

Register before November 30, 2019, to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing!

  • Early Bird Fee: $850.00 (register before December 15, 2019)
  • Full Registration: $1,000.00 (register after December 15, 2019)

The 2020 RoboSub Registration closes on February 29, 2020.


Paying by credit card? 

Complete the following registration: Pay by CREDIT CARD


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RoboNation intends to award a limited number of the WAM-V platforms to teams that commit to participate in this and future Maritime RobotX Challenges and Forums. After filling out this intent form, you will receive the guidelines to the RobotX WAM-V application process. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by RoboNation. The number of awards are limited, so apply now!


Applications are open from April 3 - 30. 

**Proposal deadline extended to 03 May at 12:00pm EDT!**

Submission of a proposal does not guarantee any award will be made to your team or any other. RoboNation reserves the right to request any additional information.


To find out more information on the 2022 Maritime RobotX Challenge, visit www.robotx.org/2022.

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