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April 30th-Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition

April 30th in North Bend

Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition

Saturday, April 30, 2016
North Bend, Oregon 


Student teams from all over Oregon will bring their student-built underwater robots to compete in North Bend!  This year’s theme is:

From the Gulf of Mexico to Jupiter’s Moon Europa
ROVs exploring inner and outer space


The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center uses underwater robots – also known as remotely operated vehicles or ROVs – to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and prepare students for technical careers.  Working in partnership with the Marine Technology Society ROV Committee, MATE created the ROV competition as a way to:

  • Engage students in STEM and expose them to science and technology careers
  • Encourage students to develop and apply technical, teamwork, and problem solving skills
  • Provide funds, materials, and technical expertise to support student learning provide industry with skilled individuals who can fill workforce needs

ROV2015-3The MATE competition challenges middle school, high school, community college, and university students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace.  The competition’s class structure of beginner, intermediate, and advanced complements the education pipeline by providing students with the opportunity to build upon their skills – and the application of those skills – as they engineer increasingly more complex ROVs for increasingly more complex mission tasks.

The MATE competition requires students to think of themselves as “entrepreneurs” and transform their teams into companies that manufacture, market, and sell “products.”  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.

Volunteers serve as competition judges

MATE’s international student underwater robotics competition consists of an international event and a network of 28+ regional contests that take place across the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland, Egypt, Russia, and Turkey.

Oregon’s Regional MATE ROV Competition will be held on April 30th in North Bend, OR. Four competition classes will compete, ranging from beginner Scout and intermediate Navigator classes, to  advanced Ranger and expert Explorer classes.

Register a Team

The growing Oregon Regional event reaches hundreds of students, and there are many opportunities for STEM partners to volunteer as judges, divers, or scorekeepers on April 30th. Qualifying student Ranger and Explorer teams will advance to the International Competition held June 23-25, 2016 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center – Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas.

For more information about the Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition, visit the regional website: Download full competition manuals, read news highlights from last year’s event, and register a student team before the April 15th deadline.

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The 2016 Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition is made possible with support from a variety of Oregon Coast STEM Hub partner organizations, including Oregon Sea Grant, the MATE Center, Marine Technology Society, and Georgia Pacific.

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About Cait Goodwin, Communications Coordinator for OCSH (25 Articles)
Cait Goodwin is the Communications Coordinator for the Oregon Coast STEM Hub (OCSH), and coordinates a variety of marine education programs with Oregon Sea Grant. The OCSH engages coastal educators and students with inspiring STEM experiences, preparing students to be highly skilled employees and educated citizens, capable of making informed decisions about global and regional issues.