Announcement: Louisiana Regional SeaPerch Challenge

What: Louisiana Regional SeaPerch Challenge

Who: Nine teams of K-12 students and their teachers

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016  |  3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where:  C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA, 15550 Old Hammond Hwy., Baton Rouge, La.

Middle and high school students participating in the Louisiana Regional SeaPerch Challenge have hand-built these Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVS) from a kit comprised of low-cost parts while following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme that meets national learning standards.

Schools competing in the Louisiana Regional SeaPerch Challenge:

  • Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School  | Baton Rouge, La.
  • Pine High School  |  Franklinton, La.
  • Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy | Baton Rouge, La.
  • Baton Rouge International School  | Baton Rouge, La.
  • Capitol Middle Magnet School Robotics (two teams)
  • North Caddo Magnet High School  | Vivian, La.
  • Plaquemine High School  | Plaquemine, La.
  • Oak Grove High School  | Hattiesburg, Ms.
  • Boyet Jr. High School  | Slidell, La.


STEM occupations are among the fastest growing in our country. One million STEM professionals are needed in the next decade to meet the growing demand of STEM careers, and LSU prepares more teachers for the classroom than any other college or university in the state.

SeaPerch Program Impact:

  • 90.5% of students said participating in SeaPerch “increased my confidence in my ability to participate in engineering projects or activities”
  • 83.7% of students said participating in SeaPerch “made me decide to work harder in school”
  • 80% of students in one SeaPerch program are now considering careers in STEM
  • As of 2016, there has been a SeaPerch program each of the 50 states, plus Puerto Rico

Winners of the Louisiana Regional SeaPerch Challenge will go on to compete in the Sixth National SeaPerch Challenge in May on LSU’s campus.


Available for Interviews:

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“.


About SeaPerch

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater remotely operated vehicle. SeaPerch is a K-12 Educational Outreach program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and managed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation (AUVSIF). It is one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs. In eight years, more than 300,000 students and 17,000 teachers and mentors have participated.


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