BHS robotics team takes part in ‘Challenge’

Published 4:48 am Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Bogalusa High School robotics team — “the WaterJacks” — traveled to Biloxi, Miss., on Saturday March 16, to compete in the 2019 SeaPerch Challenge sponsored by University of Southern Mississippi.

The challenge consisted of three parts — Presentation, Obstacle Course and Mission Course, which require the students to design, document, build, and then drive their ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) through an underwater course to meet specific challenges.

The WaterJacks placed second in the Mission Course and third in the Obstacle Course.

The WaterJacks are all eighth grade students who are taking robotics at BHS, under the instruction of robotics teacher Chris Pigott.

“This is a great opportunity for students,” Pigott said. “Students get real world experience in Engineering, Design Process, Teamwork, Soft skills and to top it off they get to have fun! My students are doing the same thing as the search and salvage operations you would see on TV shows about the Titanic.

“We are looking forward to next year’s competition and growing the program to include other robotic competitions next year. If you would like to see what SeaPerch is about then visit their website at”