Regional SeaPerch team to exhibit at TEDxLSU

Who: LSU STEM Expert Dr. Bridgette Davis, Sixth graders from Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy, and Robotics Expert Ingrid Cruz

What: Middle school students demonstrating hand-built remote operated vehicles

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016

Where: LSU Campus, Union Theater

Underwater robotics program, SeaPerch, challenges the critical thinking skills of grade school students across the nation. On March 5, 2016, Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy’s SeaPerch team will demonstrate their remote operate vehicles, otherwise known as SeaPerches, at TEDxLSU.

Ingrid Cruz, Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy Robotics Instructor, and her SeaPerch team of five sixth graders have been building remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) in preparation for the upcoming SeaPerch Regional Challenge.


Available for interviews on March 5, 2016:

Bridgette Davis |

Ingrid Cruz |


Bridgette Davis is director of the Gulf Coast Regional SeaPerch Challenge and assistant professor in the School of Education at LSU. Davis serves as the principal investigator, director, and designer for the Gulf Coast Academy for Science Literacy in which she is responsible for creating and implementing professional development training for middle school teachers using STEM modules with embedded literacy instruction.

Ingrid Cruz has been a dedicated educator for more than 11 years. She graduated BS Biology major in Genetics from the University of the Philippines, holds a master’s degree in Natural Sciences from LSU and is currently a doctoral candidate at Southern University’s Science and Math Education program. She developed a multi-level robotics program in middle school consisting of the following courses: LEGO Robotics; Green Design and Technology; RobotC programming with Tetrix;  and Marine Robotics. In the past 7 years, she coached several robotics teams and sponsored robotics competitions as well. Cruz believes in using innovative methods and materials to produce effective learning experiences including project-based combined with problem-based instruction, cooperative learning and thematic instruction. She advocates getting girls engaged in math and science by sponsoring the Pink Robots club consisting of middle school girls that offers programming workshops to elementary robotics teams and by taking them to STEM events and field trips. She is a recipient of the Teacher of the Year award twice for Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet. In 2015, she was named one of Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s STEM Educators of the Year, one of only five honorees named in the 10-parish region. She is currently working on her dissertation entitled “Investigating the Impact of Educational Robotics in Improving the Critical Thinking Skills of Middle School Students."


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