LARGO Ė A Vision of Hope Youth Network Inc. is launching its Youth SeaPerch Project, designed for Pinellas County middle school and high school students, on Friday, Feb. 22, 4:30 to 7 p.m., at YMCA Greater Ridgecrest Branch, 1801 119th St. N.
The outdoor event will feature food, giveaways, presentations and tables from surrounding businesses and community partners. The goal is to raise excitement and awareness of the SeaPerch Project and enroll students into the project.
The project allows participants to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle in order to teach participants robotics, engage them in marine science, submarine design, naval architecture, marine and ocean engineering, science and mathematics concepts designed to educate and inspire participants to pursue college degrees in the subjects. The network has a goal to make the opportunity available at no costs to participants.
The curriculum is designed by professors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Office of Naval Research, the National Naval Responsibility for Naval Engineering, the Society for Naval Architects and Marine Engineers) and the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation. The program incorporates a mentoring component in which business partners working in related fields interact with participants as mentors and volunteers.