• Nassau County 4-H worked with HMSHS's gifted middle school class to construct SeaPerch robots. The SeaPerch program is a nation-wide teaching tool that allows students to build underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles, also known as ROVs. This is a unique opportunity for students to learn STEM skills (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in a hands-on way. Using a prepared kit, students built the frames and control boxes for their robots. They also waterproofed and mounted their own motors. Finally, they used their problem-solving skills to work out any kinks they discovered while building the robots. This activity allowed the youth to practice important skills such as measurement, drilling, and soldering. After finishing the construction of their SeaPerch, students had the opportunity to test their robots at the Hilliard Recreation Center pool. The students did a great job with their robots - they maneuvered them to swim, dive, and even race!

Testing the Waters
The Whole Group
ROV on the move