SeaPerch Competition

SeaPerch: Underwater Robotics

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with resources to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle.  The program was started by the United States Navy to attract students to pursue education and careers in STEM areas.  As students design, build, and test their Remotely Operated Vehicle they develop skills in multiple areas: 
  • Team work and problem solving
  • Science concepts such as buoyancy and displacement
  • Tool safety, soldering, and measurements
  • Ship and submarine design principles
  • Mechanical engineering (propulsion and water proofing)
  • Electrical engineering, (electricity, circuits, and switches
The MESA program in Davis School District sponsors the Intermountain SeaPerch Challenge each year. The competition is typically held in March at Weber State University. Teams can qualify to attend the national SeaPerch Challenge. The Standard Examiner featured the 2019-2020 competition, click here to read about the event.  
US Synthetic, BYU, and other sponsors conduct the Utah Underwater Robotics Program and Competition. You can find information at Utah Underwater Robotics.  The national website,, provides information on these competitions as well as information on how to start a SeaPerch program.  
For questions or to start a SeaPerch program at your school, please contact Alexa Jensen ( 

Intermountain SeaPerch Challenge 2021 

For the 2021 season, the same Waterway Cleanup theme and competition courses from the 2020 season will be continued. To ensure safety and equity across the community, the 2021 Intermountain SeaPerch Challenge will be hosted virtually. This year’s challenge will include two required events and two optional events.


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Competition Resources:

Competition Submission Link:

2021 Competition Submission

 Competition Date: March 3, 2021

  • All materials should be submitted by March 3, 2021
  • Submit Engineering Design Technical Report (PDF)
  • Submit Team Presentation (3-to-5-minute video)
  • Submit Pool Component Videos (3-to-5- minute video)


An awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Tuesday, March 16th at 3:30 PM. Teams can earn awards in the following categories:

Engineering Design Technical Report and Team Interview:

  • Elementary 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place
  • Middle School 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place
  • High School 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place

Additional Exhibition Awards:

  • Mission Course 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
  • Obstacle Course 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place

International SeaPerch Challenge:   

The Intermountain SeaPerch Challenge will award three international competition invitations to top teams. The 2021 International SeaPerch Challenge event will be hosted 100% virtually with no in-person event. This year’s International Challenge will include two required events, two optional events for teams to choose from and a special giving back activity. Visit the official SeaPerch webpage for competition details.  

Official SeaPerch Website: 


Please contact Alexa Jensen ( with any questions regarding the 2021 Intermountain SeaPerch Challenge.