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Underwater robotics program helps students build skills for future

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About 25 sea cadets with the Harry S. Truman Squadron, a local unit of United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, found out Sunday if it was time to sink or swim.

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater remotely operated vehicle.

Students build the underwater robots from a kit following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme.

They then met Sunday at Prairie Trail Middle School to launch their SeaPerch robots into the pool.

"We made underwater subs that we can control. We built them from scratch, which is just an amazing experience.  We get to learn electronics and kind of what they would use them in the military for," Noah Bryan said.

Bryan hopes to be a Navy Seal.  The sea cadet program is his first step.

"I've learned skills that will help me through life. I've learned infantry man skills, how to hike, basic military skills," he said.

Warrant officer Bob Brady runs the program.  He has one simple goal for every cadet.

"Building leaders. We try to stress leadership skills. We are not an organization that recruits for the military, we try to build leaders for the community," he said.

Brady says building the underwater robots not only reinforces math, science and technology skills that the cadets learn in school every day, but it also gives them a real world application.

"They get a lot of stuff out of it, but these cadets eat this stuff up," Brady said.

The cadets have been working on their sea perches once a month for the past year.

"We built a robot and had to program it.  We had to solder it all together, wax the motors so it's waterproof, now we're going to launch them," cadet Trevor Rey said.

Rey says he enjoys working as a team to accomplish a goal.

"You get to see all your hard work, get to see how you did," he said.

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