2014 MATE COMPETITION: EXPLORING THE GREAT LAKES
MATE’s international student underwater robotics (remotely operated vehicle or ROV) competition consists of an international event and a network of 22 regional contests that take place across U.S. and in Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland, Japan, and Egypt. Student teams from upper elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, home schools, community colleges, universities, and community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club and 4-H, participate. The competition consists of four different classes that vary depending on the sophistication of the ROVs and the mission requirements.
The MATE competition requires students to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and transform their teams into companies that manufacture, market, and "sell" their ROV or the services their business provides. In addition to engineering their ROVs, the students are required to prepare technical reports, poster displays, and engineering presentations that are delivered to working professionals who serve as competition judges. By connecting students with employers and professionals from the workplace, the competitions also expose students to ocean-related career opportunities and help them to see the pathways to those careers.
MATE Competition Philosophy
The MATE ROV competition is about student learning. It is designed to be an event that challenges students to apply the physics, math, electronics, and engineering skills they are learning in the classroom to solving problems from the marine workplace. Mentors (teachers, parents, working professionals) are expected to limit their input to educational and inspirational roles and encouraged to focus on the benefits of the learning process and not simply on “winning” the competition.
The 2014 MATE International ROV competition focuses on exploring shipwrecks, sinkholes and conservation in the Great Lakes. The competition will take place June 26-28 at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan, USA. A preview of the missions for 2014 has been released, and the full competition manual will be available November 1, 2013.
Contact the Regional Coordinator for more information about the 2014 Season
For videos from the 2012 event, click here.