SeaPerch South 2017 Regional Competition

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Every spring, the MSU Bagley College of Engineering hosts the annual SeaPerch South Regional Competition. The 2017 competition will occur on March 25, 2017 at the Joe Frank Sanderson Center on the Mississippi State University Campus. The top teams in each division progress to the National SeaPerch Competition. The location of  2017 National SeaPerch Challenge will be announced at a later date.

For Regional competition teams need to register with the Bagley College of Engineering Outreach Office and submit their team registration form.

Schools are only allowed to send two teams to the regional competition.Kits can be ordered at www.seaperch.org. Please contact our office @ outreach@bagley.msstate.edu if you have questions.

SeaPerch National Challenge

Schedule for competition day

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2017 National Challenge Course

Layout-1

The Rings

There are 3 identical rings on each of the courses for nationals.  Each ring is made of 18” of ¾” Polypropylene line, the line is held together with a 1.5” length of ¾” copper pipe crimped to hold the assembly together.  This simple ring configuration is only 8 grams when placed in the water.

Ring

The Cubes

CubeCube-2

*** 4 x 1-1/2"  pieces of 5/8" backerfoam in the top four peices of PVC pipe ***

The Origin Point

Origin-loadedorgin topOrigin layout

The Puzzle Platform

Competition General Rules

On Competition Day there will be three competition events: two Pool Events and one Engineering Notebook.  All events will comprise two classes: Middle School and  High School  with each class competing in two in-water events and the Engineering Notebook online submission.

For each of the classes, trophies will be awarded for the first three finishers in each pool event. Also, trophies will be awarded for the top three finishers from the engineering notebook submission.Easses.

Only two team members are allowed on the pool deck during a competition.

All team members must wear shoes with rubber soles on the pool deck.

Each SeaPerch ROV must be presented for a compliance check during check-in on Saturday morning and approved by a judge prior the team competing in the pool events.

In the event that a vehicle is inadvertently interfered with during a competition, or a malfunction of a vehicle's parts (i.e., the motor) occurs that is beyond the design and construction, the lead pool judge will have the sole authority to provide the team time to fix their vehicle and to allow them to compete later in the round. Malfunctions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The 12V power system will be available for all that wish to use it. It is designed to work with the alligator clips in the SeaPerch kit. Each lane will have its own power connection.

Vehicle Design Rules

Teams are encouraged to think outside the box and change the shape and configuration of the SeaPerch ROV.

Stock Class (High School and Middle School)

Vehicles shall consist of the parts and components contained within the equivalent of one SeaPerch kit, with the following exceptions:

  • Teams have a budget of $20.00 to modify the SeaPerch. It is the actual value of the modifications that must be $20 or less. Donated material should be assessed at what the cost would be to procure the material. The $20 limit is for costs of the materials utilized on the final competition vehicle.  Reasonable spare parts are not included in this budget.
  • 3D printed parts will be costed out at $0.05 per gram.
  • All motors must be waterproofed.
  • Hooks and attachments MAY NOT be added/removed depending on the competition round.
  • Additional motors may be utilized for actuation or other non-propulsion uses. Motors may be found at Jameco P/N 232022.
  • Teams may only utilize stock SeaPerch motors in thrusters (Jameco P/N 232022).
  • Teams may not add additional thrusters to the SeaPerch.  A thruster is defined as a means of propulsion for the SeaPerch, normally but not limited to a motor and propeller assembly.
  • Teams will design for and utilize a 12-volt power source.
  • ROV controllers shall use simple switches only, no power conditioning or PWM controls are allowed in Stock Class.  Use of a fixed resistor to reduce voltage is acceptable.
  • The ROV may be worked upon by the teams during the competition
  • The vehicle cannot be dragged via the tether.
  • ROVs shall fit thru an 18" hoop

Challenges and Disputes

Sportsmanship is expected at all times. Should a protest or dispute occur during the competition it is the intent to resolve the grievance at the time it occurs, and the ruling by the Head Judge shall be final.

A team that wishes to have an issue considered shall send the student team captain and one additional student member (2) to the lead judge with the inquiry or question. The lead judge will make the decision on the issue, and this decision is final. The same issue may not be brought to the judge a second time by any member of the team. Adults may not approach the lead judge on the pool deck regarding any perceived issues.

Teams may not question the legality of other competing vehicles; it is the Head Judge's role to determine if vehicles meet the entry and compliance requirements.

Unsportsmanlike conduct is grounds for the disqualification of a team. Team members and advisors are responsible for the conduct of all members and adults accompanying the team.

Scoring

On Competition Day there will be two Pool Events.  The competition will comprise two classes: Middle School and  High School.

Definitions

Middle School Stock Class

Middle School is defined as less than and including eighth (8th) grade. All students participating must be in eighth grade (including homeschool equivalent) or lower.

High School Stock Class

High School is defined as ninth through twelfth (9th-12th) grades.

Competition Day Rules

Vehicle Compliance

Each SeaPerch ROV must be presented for a compliance check during check-in on Saturday morning, and approved by prior to the team competing in the pool events.

Pool Access

Only two team members are allowed on the pool deck in the competition area during an event.

All team members must wear shoes with rubber soles on the pool deck.

Teams are responsible for bringing their own batteries to the event. Only the standard 12VDC battery that comes with the SeaPerch kit or equivalent may be used.

  • The vehicle MAY NOT be dragged via the tether.
  • The vehicle may be reset by the teams during the competition
  • The ROV may be worked on by the teams during the competition

Vehicle Design Rules

Teams are encouraged to think outside the box and change the shape and configuration of their SeaPerch ROV.

Stock Class (High School and Middle School)

  • Teams may utilize materials (quantity and components) equivalent to one SeaPerch kit.
  • Teams have a budget of $20.00 in addition
    • It is the actual value of the modifications that must be $20 or less.
    • Donated material will be assessed at what the cost would be to procure the material.
    • The $20 limit is for cost of the materials utilized on the final competition vehicle.
    • Reasonable spare parts (one set of thrusters (3) and one controller) are not included in this budget.
    • Proof of budget compliance should be made available to the judges upon request.
  • 3D printed parts will be costed out at $0.05 per gram.
  • All motors must be waterproofed.
  • Hooks and attachments MAY NOT be added/removed between competition rounds.
  • Additional NON-stock motors may be utilized for actuation or other non-propulsion uses.
  • Teams may only utilize stock SeaPerch motors for propulsion (Jameco Electronics P/N 232022).
  • Teams may only utilize three (3) thrusters.
    • A thruster is defined as a means of propulsion for the SeaPerch, normally but not limited to a motor and propeller assembly.
  • Teams will design for and utilize a 12-volt power source.
    • Power source other than the included kit battery or venue supplied power is not permitted.
  • ROV thruster controls shall use simple switches only, no power conditioning or pulse-width modulation (PWM) controls are allowed in Stock Class.  Use of a fixed or variable resistor to reduce voltage is acceptable.
  • ROVs shall fit thru an 18" hoop.

Redress, Challenges and Disputes

Sportsmanship is expected at all times. Should a protest or dispute occur during the competition it is the intent to resolve the grievance at the time it occurs, and the ruling by the lead Judge shall be final.
A team that wishes to have an issue considered shall send the student team captain and one additional student member (2) to the lead judge for discipline in question, with the inquiry or question. The lead judge will render a decision on the issue, and this decision is final. The same issue may not be brought to the judge a second time by any member of the team. Adults may not approach the lead judge on the pool deck regarding any perceived issues.

In the event that a vehicle is inadvertently interfered with during a competition, or a malfunction of a vehicle's parts (i.e., the motor) occurs that is beyond the design and construction, the lead pool judge will have the sole authority to provide the team with time to fix their vehicle and to allow them to compete later in the round. Malfunctions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Teams may not question the legality of other competing vehicles; it is the SeaPerch Technical Director's role to determine if vehicles meet the entry and compliance requirements.

Unsportsmanlike conduct is grounds for the disqualification of a team. Team members and advisors are responsible for the conduct of all members and adults accompanying the team.

Sportsmanship is expected at all times. Should a protest or dispute occur during the competition it is the intent to resolve the grievance at the time it occurs, and the ruling by the lead Judge shall be final.

Overall and Class Scoring

Individual Events

Each event will be scored in accordance with its published rubric. Teams will then be ranked, by their score, both within their class and overall.

Combined Scores

Each team's rank in the individual events will be added together and then ranked in order to determine the overall Class winner and overall Stock winner

Breaking Ties

Scoring ties will only be broken where it is required to determine trophy places. (i.e., ties will not be broken when ties do not affect the top three results in any event or class overall)

Obstacle Course ties to the 100th of a second will be broken by the faster time in the secondary run.

Challenge ties to the 100th of a second to the same point total will be broken by rerunning a portion of the course. The winner will have 1/100th of a second removed from their time, thus breaking the tie.

Class ties will be broken based upon the best performance in the following priority:

  1. Challenge
  2. Engineering Notebook
  3. Obstacle

Competition Events

The Obstacle Course

An underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) must be able to maneuver successfully under its own power. If a vehicle cannot maneuver to the appropriate location to perform its task, the vehicle is of no use. Consideration of optimal maneuverability as well as control and speed should be given when constructing your SeaPerch (thruster placement and orientation, tether attachment, buoyancy and ballast, etc) and control box.
The submerged obstacle course involves large rings (18" minimum diameter), oriented in any direction, through which the vehicles must travel. Teams must navigate their ROV through the obstacle course, surface, then re-submerge and return through the course to the end.

Scores for this round will be based on the fastest time for successfully navigating the obstacle course.
There are five (5) -18" diameter hoops in the obstacle course.  The course will be on the bottom of the pool with the hoops at various heights above the pool floor.  Final configuration of hoop orientation and heights will not be revealed until Nationals.

Obstacle Course Rubric            Obstacle Course Rules

Click the image below for course information.

Course build guide updated.

Obstacle Course

An underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) must be able to maneuver successfully under its own power. If a vehicle cannot maneuver to the appropriate location to perform its task, the vehicle is of no use.
The submerged obstacle course involves large rings (18" minimum diameter), oriented in any direction, through which the vehicles must travel. Teams must navigate through the obstacle course, surface, then re-submerge and return through the course to the end. Consideration of optimal maneuverability, control and speed should be given when constructing your SeaPerch (thruster placement and orientation, tether attachment, buoyancy and ballast, etc) and control box. Scores for this round will be based on the fastest time for successfully navigating the obstacle course.

NOTE: RING SIZE HAS CHANGED!
There are five (5) -18" diameter hoops in the obstacle course.

Obstacle Course Rubric            Obstacle Course Rules

Click the image below for OLD course information.

Obstacle Course

The Challenge

The 2017 Challenge was tailor-made for this year's prospective Nationals site.  Due to pool glare concerns the challenge will be located closer to the competitors than in the past.

The challenge consists of an 'Origin' where 3 rings and 3 cubes will be located within a fixture.  Each of these objects will need to be transported to the 'Platform' for differing amounts of points.

Scoring: Maximum number of points in the shortest amount of time.  The clock stops when the team identifies they are done, surfaces and touches the wall with the vehicle.  Teams may stop the clock at any time, but it will not be restarted. Teams must inform the judges at the time if they wish to stop the clock and lock in their scoring. Point scoring will be tallied upon completion. Points scored and knocked off are not counted.

Course Build Documents

Origin-loaded2017 Teaser

Scoring

Rings

Rings can be placed on the platform for 1 point

Rings can be placed on the upper spikes for 2 points

Rings can be put on the Zig-Zags for the following points:

zz2   ZZ1   zz2

-only one ring scores per Zig-Zag (additional rings will not be scored)

-Rings on fittings score the lower of the point options

Cubes

Cubes can be placed on the platform for 1 point (stacking gains an additional point)

Cubes can be put on the upper spikes for 2 points

Cubes hung in the Zig-Zags double the ring points (no ring no points)

RUBRICS!

The Engineering Notebook

 ** UPDATED 2/23/2017 **

In order to more closely align with the engineering aspects of the SeaPerch National Challenge the Engineering Notebook challenge has replaced the Poster competition.

Due to space limitations at this year's National Challenge venue, teams will not be allowed to bring posters/trifolds boards.

Using an Engineering Notebook provides a good learning experience allows students to demonstrate their understanding of engineering principles and design concepts.

The Engineering Notebook is used to measure the team’s ability to document the engineering design process used to design and modify their SeaPerch to meet the pool challenges. The Engineering Notebook is not intended to document the construction of the standard SeaPerch ROV.

Each team will submit their Engineering Notebook online as a PDF file.

Teams should use a physical notebook throughout the SeaPerch project to document the engineering design process and specific steps they take in designing and modifying the SeaPerch ROV to complete the National SeaPerch Challenge pool events. Since teams may have started the project before they knew about the Engineering Notebook Challenge, they may have to create the notebook from notes and discussions among team members.  The Cover/Title page can optionally be created electronically.

The physical notebook can consist of hand sketches, photos, computer-aided design (CAD) drawings, handwritten notes, and graphs. Photos, CAD drawings, and other computer generated entries should be taped to the notebook page and labeled.

The SeaPerch Engineering Notebook will be submitted electronically as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The physical notebook pages can be scanned or photographed and inserted into a single PDF file. This can be accomplished using presentation or word processing software such as Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint, OpenOffice Impress, Apple Keynote, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Writer, or any other program that is capable of saving or printing documents in the PDF format.

Required Content, Format, and Limitations

The SeaPerch Engineering Notebook should include:

  1. Front matter
    1. Cover/Title Page
      1. Project Title
      2. Team Number and Team Name
      3. Photo of final ROV
      4. Date the notebook was completed
    2. Team Information Page
      1. School or club name
      2. School district (if applicable)
      3. City and State
      4. Name and email address of teachers, coaches, mentors, and advisors (or team leader if the POC is a student)
      5. Team member names, grade levels, and role in the project.  Use first names only for students.  If two or more students have the same first name, use an identifying letter following the first name.
    3. Table of Contents Page
      1. List page title or description and page numbers.
      2. Reference citations of research such as books, articles, and website addresses.
  2. Engineering Design Process
    1. Provide details of each step taken in the engineering design process using the SeaPerch Challenge pool events as the project problem/goal.
    2. Provide sketches, drawings, charts, and other graphics and written documentation describing solution and design concepts, design iterations, tests performed, and test results.
    3. Include engineering and scientific terms and concepts to demonstrate that the team understands the challenges of constructing and operating an underwater ROV.
    4. All pages should be numbered and listed in the Table of Contents.

Format and Limitations

  1. Must be submitted online as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.
  2. PDF files must use the following naming convention: Division_SchoolName_TeamName, example: MS_Wabash_Robonuts.pdf      (Divisions: OC = Open Class, HS = High School, MS = Middle School).
  3. Must be no more than 6MB in size.
  4. Must be formatted as 8-1/2” x 11” pages.
  5. Must be no more than 24 pages including the title, information, and table of content pages.
  6. The PDF file may not contain videos, animated GIFs, or other dynamic content.
  7. Must be submitted by 5PM on March 10 to Dr. Vemitra White at vwhite@bagley.msstate.edu