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Brendan Bucceri '19: Underwater Robotics at Camp Pendleton
Brendan Bucceri '19: Underwater Robotics at Camp Pendleton

Princeton Day School students pursue their passions and follow their creativity in the classroom, and often outside of the classroom, as well. One of our Upper School students, Brendan Bucceri '19, had the opportunity to spend his winter break at the Marine Corps Base in Camp Pendleton, CA, where he participated in advanced training in underwater robotics for the US Navy Sea Cadet Corps.

The objective for Brendan and his team was to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in accordance with the Office of Naval Research SeaPerch Program. The team needed to incorporate elements such as ship and submarine design, buoyancy/displacement, propulsion, vectors, electricity/circuits and switches, waterproofing, and depth measurement.

The ROV that Brendan and his team built was entered in the regional SeaPerch competition where the machine was evaluated on vehicle performance (maneuvering and recovery), innovative design, the team's engineering notebook submissions, and their oral presentations to judges. Brendan's team finished first in the SeaPerch regional qualifier. Here is a video of the ROVs in action. Now he and his team have been invited to compete in the 2018 International SeaPerch Challenge, which will be held June 1-3, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Best of luck!

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