STELAR recently had the opportunity to interview Jill Zande from the MATE ROV Competitions: Providing Pathways to the Ocean STEM Workforce project to learn more about the project’s current work. The MATE ROV project just held its annual international competition at the end of June.
Cheldelin Middle School students hold a practice session with their underwater robots at Vineyard Mountain Swim Club on Friday, April 18, 2014. The students are preparing for a competition with a robot that performs a series of tasks related to shipwrecks.
District 57 is placing a major emphasis on the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM curriculum), through extracurricular offerings and enhanced school-day lessons that help prepare students to be the next generation of leaders in STEM-related fields. STEM curriculum has become a major focus in education, because the subjects play an important role in the high-tech, high-skill global economy that eventually will employ today's students.
From spare parts, very little money and great innovation, the Remotely Operated Vehicle team created an underwater, unmanned, robotic operated vehicle. This year’s team will once again face off against large universities and private colleges at the 13th annual M.A.T.E. competition. Marine Advanced Technology Education (M.A.T.E.) first creates a declaration of need. The team then creates a bid, backed by support to show how they can complete the job in order to win the contract.
More than 150 elementary, middle, high, and college students formed 27 teams and brought their underwater robots to the Lincoln City Community Center on May 10 to compete in the annual Oregon Regional MATE Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) contest. These teams, which spent the past few months designing and building their underwater vehicles, will be among students around the world participating in 23 regional contests supported by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center.
The combined robotics team of Ozaukee and Oostburg high schools was the leader during much of the international Marine Advanced Technology Education challenge held last week at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan. Ultimately, ZO3 Robotics finished fourth in the Ranger Division of the global competition. During the competition, teams used submersible robots of their own design to recover samples and data from simulated shipwrecks.
The 13th annual Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition takes place Thursday through Saturday. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will host more than 60 teams this week from 18 states and 13 countries for an underwater robot competition hosted by ITEST project Using MATE's ROV Competitions...Teams will work with their robots in a large tank and judges will be evaluating their performance along with engineering and other factors. Spectators are encouraged to come and watch teams navigate through the missions on a live f
Students from Minooka Community High School participated in the Shedd Aquarium Midwest Regional MATE Underwater Robotics Competition, using their self-built underwater robots to complete tasks, such as remove debris from a hole in a simulated underwater wreck, conduct a sonar scan of the wreck, recover a sensor and deploy a new sensor. The 11 students are members of the fledgling ROV, or Remote-Operated Underwater Vehicle Club.
The Science Chicks, a new club in Mount Prospect School District 57, designed, built and then tested a remote operating vehicle in a recent competition, living the goal of getting more girls interested in science and technology careers. The March contest at the University of Illinois at Chicago involved 26 teams from the area completing various underwater missions as part of "The Great Lakes" theme. They picked up items from the bottom of a pool's floor, just as their ROVs would retrieve pieces of shipwrecks.
Teams from six Milwaukee area high schools and five middle schools were challenged to design, build and operate an ROV to identify an unknown shipwreck recently discovered in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary waters, collect microbial samples and remove trash and debris from the shipwreck and surrounding area, in a “Remotely Operated Vehicle Competition" in Milwalkee, Wisconsin. Eventually, the hope is that these students want to take physics to a new level.
Hosted by ITEST project Using MATE's ROV Competitions..., the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition ended Saturday at Michigan's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Teams worked with robots in a large tank while judges evaluated their performance along with engineering and communication.
The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, the National Science Foundation, and the Marine Technology Society's (MTS) ROV Committee hosted their 13th Annual International Student ROV Competition June 26-28, 2014 at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) in Alpena, MI, USA.
Sixty teams representing middle schools, high schools, home schools, after-school groups, community colleges, and universities from 18 different states and 13 different countries competed in this year's event.
It’s not every day that you drive underwater; in early May, seven Bay students did just that, operating a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) at the M.A.T.E. Monterey Bay Regional ROV Contest in Aptos. Returning to the competition for the first time since 2009, Bay’s team competed in the most advanced division of the competition, the RANGER class.
The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center at the Monterey Community College in collaboration with Washington State University is engaging in a scale-up study of the remote operated vehicle (ROV) program to new audiences of middle and high school students and teachers. The MATE ROV competition is an engaging platform to prepare middle and high school students for careers in the ocean STEM workforce.
The MATE Center has a variety of curriculum projects:
2013 was the 12th year the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center at Monterey Peninsula College has held this competition. Their goal in doing so was to increase awareness of marine technical fields and careers. Their efforts connect students and educators with employers and working professionals. The ROV competition is a big event, but it is not all they do. Their workshops provide educators with resources and training to bring the world of marine technology, research, exploration and industry to their classrooms.
Check out the students - and their underwater robots - who competed in the 2018 MATE international ROV competition, which took place June 21-23 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington, USA.