Saturday March 2nd 2019, the Texas Gulf Coast Foundation Sponsored the Southeast Texas Regional SeaPerch Competition. As the sole outside sponsor the foundation was able to provide $10,000 for kits and tool bags delivered to 37 teams to participate in the underwater drone competition. With over 52 teams competing including elementary, middle, and high schools this is the largest underwater drone competition in the area. The competition required the teams to compete in an underwater obstacle course, underwater skill challenge, speed assembly race, and an interview. The three best individual performances were awarded with full scholarships to the USNA Summer STEM program. Captain Chris Cassidy (’93) provided the keynote speech relating his experiences as a SEAL and Astronaut to the challenges the teams faced during the competition. He even surprised the winning team with a unique gift – Russian space food! Chris Black (’07) led the effort as part of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter and Foundation’s objective to improve outreach and knowledge of USNA through promotion of STEM activities. The event was a rousing success as over 50 teams and 200 students competed and learned about the world of opportunities USNA provides. The foundation has approved funding and growing this competition for the next four years. More photos from this event.
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