Splish splash has a whole new meaning when it comes to an underwater robot competition for middle and high school students.
About 100 of students competed at Plainville High School Thursday in a program called Sea Pearch.
Teens from 10 schools and Sea Scout groups participated at the CTEEA Connecticut SeaPerch championship
"It's been a really fun experience," said Andrea Sweezy of Simsbury, who learned to solder during the process.
Divers and judges from the Sub Base at Groton and the USS North Dakota watched as the students navigated the robots through obstacle courses and picked up rings while competing against the clock.
"What this is doing is showing them real world applications for what we're doing with science technology engineering and mathematics," said Greg Kane of Central Connecticut State University.
The four top teams from Thursday's event qualify for the national competition in Indianapolis next month.
Thursday's event is the third year for the program in the state, and each year more and more schools get involved.
"I really like math and engineering, and marine science is my passion," said Vincent Mullin of Plainville. "So, hopefully one day I'll be building these."
The winners for the DeepWater Transfer were Sea Scouts Ship of Westbrook for the high school division and Henry James Memorial School of Simsbury for middle school.
As for the obstacle course, Windham STEM Academy of Windham won in the high school division, while the middle school winners were Sea Scout Ship 721 of Milford.
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