VA SeaPerch head
to national round of underwater robotics competition
Following two rounds of regional Sea Perch underwater robotics competitions, one of the Van Antwerp teams is headed to nationals later this month and three others were among the top finishers at the Ballston Spa competition.
Team Aquatix will compete in the national competition at UMASS Dartmouth on May 29-30. The team consists of Arelson Rapisura, Muhammad Tassaddaq, and Braden Jung, all 8th graders at VA.
Other SeaPerch teams from Van Antwerp had strong showings in both the finesse and obstacle courses during the first round of regionals at Ballston Spa on May 5. The teams, members, and results are listed below, along with some photos.
The SeaPerch club is a partnership with KAPL. Van Antwerp teachers Christine Tylock, Karen Postlethwait, Tom Blechinger, and Mike Petrone are involved.
The SeaPerch were recently featured in an edition of the Your Niskayuna newspaper. Read the article
We are proud of the all the students, their teachers, and their KAPL mentors. Best of luck to Team Aquatix at Nationals!
3rd place - 63Pi team - Cyrus Irani, Dennis Plotnikov, Waris Popal, Luke Zink (this team placed 4th overall)
2nd place - USS Dolphin Team-Sean Collier, Austin Smith, Kalin Kochnev
1st Place - Aquatix team - Braden Jung, Arelson Rapisura, Mohammad Tassaddaq
3rd Place - Aquatix team - Braden Jung, Arelson Rapisura, Mohammad Tassaddaq
1st place - No Name team - Kamryn Almas, Noah Best, Aditya Kanakasabapathy, Brian Thompson
Overall places for this day of competition (combination of scores from both courses)
2nd place - USS Dolphin team - Sean Collier, Austin Smith, Kalin Kochnev
1st place - Aquatix team - Braden Jung, Arelson Rapisura, Mohammad Tassaddaq
Good luck to these teams in their quest to go to Nationals!