San Gabriel Valley students assembled a diving robot this week thanks to the United States Navy. The Navy organized the Sea Perch Progam — an event held at the Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel on Feb. 11 and 18 — hoping to stimulate young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and math, World Journal (世界日报) reports.
According to Asian Youth Center Executive Director Michelle Freridge, student participants came from middle schools and high schools in San Gabriel. They were divided into four groups and received a tool package including a scale, hammer, motor, pair of scissors, remote control, plastic parts, and wires. They spent 15 hours yesterday and last Monday assembling a diving robot. The students will test the robots in San Gabriel’s Smith Park.
Navy Lieutenant Anthony Tran told World Journal that the Navy demands people with science and technology skills from different ethnic backgrounds, and the Sea Perch Program cultivates young people’s interest in related subjects and leads them to serving for the Navy in the future.
The teams will compete with other students from Los Angeles County in a robot competition in June and next year.