By: Willie J. Mallory, III
Class of 2016
Chester High School’s 2015 Robotics Team at Drexel University’s 10th Annual Underwater Robotics Sea Perch Competition.
On April 25, 2015, the Chester High School Robotics Team, known as the “Chester Orcas” participated in their second consecutive Sea Perch competition. With the help of their Mentor/WHOI Research Scientist Dr. Richard Camilli and Coach/CHS Biology Instructor Dr. Roslyn March-Amegadzie, they created a Sea Perch that was surely going to bring them some attention this year. The Sea Perch was said to have been “faster, swifter, and easier to control this year” by one Orca. With 44 schools in this year’s competition, the Chester Orcas ranked #15.
The Orcas was given the opportunity to spend time at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts with Dr. Camilli and Dr. March-Amegadzie prior to the competition to do some work on their “New and Improved” Sea Perch. WHOI is the world’s largest private, non-profit oceanographic research institute and a global leader in the study and exploration of the ocean. To learn more about WHOI, visit www.whoi.edu.