A group of Washington Island School students hope to show you and the world once again that size does not matter when it comes to underwater robotics. The Washington Island Police Department escorted the members of Team Flounder (Teagan McGrane, Corbin Kellerman, and Allison Bennett) and Team Sea Angels (Jaida Mann, Jaylyn Nickchen, and Julia Pratt) to the Washington Island Ferry dock ahead of their date at the International SeaPerch Challenge on the campus of the University of Maryland.
It is the second straight year a team from Washington Island has participated in the competition and the third time a Door County school has qualified. The event is nothing new for Bennett and Pratt, who were on last year’s team that took 14th out of 56 teams in the competition. Science teacher and SeaPerch team supervisor Miranda Dahlke said earlier this year that the experience from last year should benefit them this time around.
Teams have to maneuver through two different courses in a pool along with making a presentation. Pool check-ins begin at 8 a.m. EDT on Saturday with the team presentations beginning at 10 a.m. EDT. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT.
Pictures and video courtesy of Washington Island School District