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USM hosts national underwater robotics competition

Competitors check out their remotely-operated vehicles during the 4th National SeaPerch Challenge at Southern Miss Saturday. Competitors check out their remotely-operated vehicles during the 4th National SeaPerch Challenge at Southern Miss Saturday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

More than 1,000 middle and high school students from across the country were in the Hub City Saturday, taking part in a major underwater robotics competition. The 4th National SeaPerch Challenge tested the skills of dozens of different teams in building and maneuvering small, remotely operated vehicles in two separate events...an obstacle course and a retrieval exercise.

It's all about getting students more interested in science and engineering. It's also a good way for children and adults to meet new friends.

"It's actually really fun, because, I met kids from Puerto Rico, Indiana, places like that and it's really cool," said Konnor Durham, a 14-year-old competitor from Priest River, ID.

"It's bringing families together and we didn't know the other kids' families, so we've brought families together," said Wendy Belding, Konnor's mother.   

"It has been a great experience," said William Clark, a 15-year-old competitor from Washington, D.C. "We've learned a lot and had a lot of opportunities that opened up to us about engineering," he said. 

About 100 teams competed in the event.

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