The Roberto Clemente Middle School SeaPerch team that Philadelphia University mentors and sponsors through the Navy-funded McKean After School Grant won first place in the Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge on April 29. The team, which bested 38 other schools, now will participate in the national SeaPerch competition that takes place at Louisiana State University on May 21.
Open to middle and high schools in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware region, the Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge aims to increase student interest in robotics, science, mathematics, engineering and technology and to introduce students to naval engineering. The event is structured to give students an overall experience in the engineering process.
“I want to give a special recognition to our recent graduate and winner of the engineering excellence award Parth Patel who has lead the team and engineering students mentoring at Clemente for the past three years,” said Fernando Tovia, associate professor of engineering at PhilaU’s School of Design and Engineering. “He truly got the team on his shoulders and took them from fifth place last year to first place this year.”