Liberty makes big splash in underwater robotics

Deep Six team members Noah Eid, at left, and Stephen Arnsparger won first place at the SeaPerch South regional competition and qualfied for to the National SeaPerch Championship in Manassas, Va.

After organizing only one year, a team from Liberty Middle School made a big splash at the SeaPerch South regional competition.

The SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Team from Liberty hooked several top places at the robotics meet at Mississippi State University on Feb. 25. They competed in the senior division, including grades 7-12.

The Department of Defense and U.S. Navy sponsor SeaPerch, which strives to find the next generation of naval architects, along with marine, naval and ocean engineers. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) manages SeaPerch.

Liberty students Stephen Arnsparger and Noah Eid won first place.

Caitlyn McFadden, Eric Lozano, Arvind Draffen and Cade Walsh ranked in second place, followed by Beth Viers, Mary Haddock and Nick Lott, fourth place; and Jack Cook, Calvin Bush, Ethan Canup and Eli Canup, fifth place.

“The first-and second-place teams have been invited to the National SeaPerch Championship in Manassas, Va.,” coordinator and math teacher Nathan Pahman said. Team mentors were Clark Eid, Will Cook, Tom Bush, Tim Lott and Matt Harrison.

Each of the four teams began with kits that included PVC parts, motors and (other components) and designed and built their own robot.

“This year’s competition involved using the principles of buoyancy to perform a deep-water salvage,” Pahman said. The SeaPerch team practiced from three to five times weekly and used the pool at Country Hearth Inn on Madison Boulevard.

Students were required to attend meetings and practices. “Students were chosen from grades 7-9,” Pahman said.

Mississippi State hosted the competition at the Joe Frank Sanderson Center Pool.

“The first- and second-place teams are looking for individual and corporate sponsors to help with trip costs to Virginia for SeaPerch National Championship in April,” Pahman. The teams will accept checks to “LMS Robotics/Nationals” (include telephone and driver’s license numbers).

For more information, visit seaperch.org.

Huntsville

Lexi Regensburger promotes HEALS for Girl Scout Gold

Harvest

Rocket City Novas, a new dance krewe, sashay into town

Harvest

Asbury Car & Bike Show to feature vehicles in pristine condition

Liberty Middle School

Liberty takes first-place finish in State MathCounts

Harvest

Fantasy Playhouse to launch ‘Space Monkeys!’ on May 9-12

Harvest

Defense Innovation Summit to explore tech in national security

Madison

‘Sounds of Summer’ concerts return to Home Place Park

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Mustang Mud Run- “Mud Head To Toe”

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Mattress Sale To Aid James Clemens Football Program

Bob Jones High School

Madison Visionary Partners awards 5 Community Impact Grants

James Clemens High School

Students Neyan Sezhian, Erik Wu originate James Clemens Math Tournament

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones bests rival James Clemens in Game 1 of weekend series

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 17, 2024

Events

Check out the 2024-25 edition of “Explore Huntsville-Madison”

Bob Jones High School

Business, Army groups offer scholarships

Bob Jones High School

Optimists award teacher grants, essay winners

Liberty Middle School

Kristen Brown named finalist for Alabama Teacher of the Year

Madison

Journey Math Team makes mark in 2 tourneys

Bob Jones High School

Artwork by Charity Stratton on exhibit at library

Harvest

Madison City Community Orchestra to present ‘Eroica’ on April 20-21

Events

Orion Amphitheater kicks off its third concert season tonight

James Clemens High School

James Clemens HOSA overshadows conference competitors

Harvest

It’s Spring! Plant sale returns to Huntsville Botanical Garden

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones AFJROTC aces first try at obstacle course

x