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Updated: May 12, 2015

VA SeaPerch underwater robotics team headed to nationals

All VA teams impressed in regional play!


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!


Highlights of VA teams on May 5 at Ballston Spa


Finesse course

  • 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


Obstacle Course

  • 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!


Photos: SeaPerch Underwater Robotics