Valley Christian Schools “Ocean Quest” team is one of 21 semi-finalists competing in the $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global competition challenging teams to push the boundaries of ocean exploration technology for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean mapping. While over 32 teams initially pitched designs to enter the competition, only 21 semi-finalist teams advanced, with Ocean Quest the only team selected comprised almost entirely of precollege-age, applied math, science, and engineering students.
Using underwater robotics and high-resolution mapping and imaging systems, teams must overcome the seemingly impossible obstacles of ocean mapping that have plagued scientists for years. The competition is part of XPRIZE’s 10-year Ocean Initiative to address critical ocean challenges and help make the oceans healthy, valued, and understood. The students with Ocean Quest are hoping to make history with an oceanic technological breakthrough, all while studying for their history exams and English finals.
"Talk about underdogs, our young students are competing against multi-national Ph.D. researchers with well-funded companies and universities backing them,” says Danny Kim, Director of Innovation for the Quest Institute for Quality Education.
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