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Trinity Episcopal students benefit from the SeaPerch Program

May 24, 2014 at 12:24 a.m.

Taking part in the SeaPerch Program are, from left, Madison Johnsen, Trinity sixth-grader; Eloy Olivo, DuPont engineer; and Sean Judge, Trinity sixth-grader.

Trinity Episcopal students have had the opportunity to benefit from the SeaPerch Program, a project funded by DuPont, for the last three years. The SeaPerch Program was introduced to Trinity by parent Todd Valdes, who presented the program to Trinity in 2011.

The curriculum is designed to encourage students to seek careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The SeaPerch is a simple, underwater remotely operated vehicle made from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, pipe and other inexpensive, easily available materials.

Scott Kouns, technical area superintendent for DuPont, supervises the program. DuPont provided three faculty members to teach the course and funds to purchase the materials needed to build the underwater robots. The first month of the course covers the topics of safety, electricity, math, marine science and thermodynamics.

DuPont engineers Eloy Olivo, Breanna Weil and Sarah Perez volunteered their time to teach the course. The instructors' enthusiasm for their respective fields helped guide the students with their hands-on project of building and testing the robot. The fun yet challenging curriculum requires the students to learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork and technical applications.

"The course opened my eyes to the world of physics. Before this class, I was uncertain what the subject of physics was about," said Sean Judge, a sixth-grade student.

According to Mike Brown, head of the school, "it is these unparalleled experiences that allow Trinity to better prepare our students as they advance to the next level of their educational career."



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