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First SeaPerch Teacher Workshop Kicks Off

Anchorage, AK (January 6, 2012)— Today in Anchorage kicks off the first in a series of SeaPerch Teacher Workshops being held around the state of Alaska in the months of January and February. These Professional Development courses are an opportunity for teachers to learn how to build a SeaPerch Remote Controlled Vehicle (ROV).

SeaPerch I is a joint effort of Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles System International (AUVSI), the National Defense Education Program, and STEM AK, a program of the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC).  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The goals of the course are to support and enhance the effective teaching of science and engineering in Alaska utilizing hands-on, minds-on activities with students.

The course introduces concepts and skills focusing on design, engineering, buoyancy, propulsion, and problem solving using construction of an underwater ROV as a platform.  Robert Vieth, SeaPerch Instructor, says, “Included in the workshop are examples of real-world applications of remote-operated vehicle (ROV) technology, the use of tools to conduct scientific research, and a discussion on methods for applying best teaching practices to delivery of this material in the classroom.”

Workshops are open to teachers in 4th-12th grades, as well as home school educators and leaders from youth organizations like Scouting, 4-H, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. This year, five workshops will be offered in Alaska:

·         Anchorage:  January 6 -7, 2012

·         Kenai: January 12 – 14, 2012

·         Sitka: Jan 26 – 28, 2012

·         Fairbanks Advanced SeaPerch Workshop: February 8, 2012

·         Fairbanks: February 9 -11, 2012

·         Ketchikan: February 24 – 25, 2012 

 

All workshop materials, tools, instruction manuals, and black-line masters are provided at no charge, as well as snacks and meals, as appropriate, however space is limited. One UAA credit (ED 580) is available.

For more information and to register, please visit stemak.org/seaperch and click on the location of the training you are interested in attending. Contact Bob Vieth, SeaPerch Instructor, at rvieth@jedc.org or 907-523-2342 with questions about the workshops.

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