A team of students from the Texas A&M Ocean Engineering program will compete in the 2013 International Human-Powered Submarine Races, June 24-28, at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock in West Bethesda, Md.

The race, which takes place in a towing tank that is 25-feet deep, 30-feet wide and more than 400-feet long, will feature 19 teams comprised of local and international high school and college students from the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany and Oman.

The A&M entry, the SS Rowdy Howdy, is a one-person, propeller-driven submarine. It is free flooding and the pilot will wear SCUBA equipment for breathing.

Fifteen students from A&M will be heading to Maryland for the race that is sponsored by the Foundation for Underwater Research and Education (FURE).

The International Submarine Race (ISR) is a unique international engineering design competition that inspires high school and college students of the various engineering disciplines to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Since 1989 the ISR competition has frown to include participation from universities, colleges, corporations, research centers, high schools and privately sponsored teams from all over the world.

Each team designs a one- or two-person “wet” submarine, relying on the principles of hydrodynamic design, buoyancy, propulsion, guidance systems, underwater life support and systems engineering.