Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MATE ROV Competition in Chicago April 26, 2014

MATE ROV Chicago regional competition
The Marine Advanced Technology Education Remote Operated Vehicle (MATE ROV, for short) Midwest competition will take place this weekend, April 26. It's one of 22 regional competitions taking place around the world. Students from upper elementary through college level, as well as community organizations compete in MATE ROV.

This year's challenge focuses on exploring shipwrecks, sinkholes and conservation in the Great Lakes with a focus on Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, an area nicknamed "Shipwreck Alley," where more than 50 wrecks have been discovered.

Join me on the 26th! I'll be sharing pics and notes from the competition via social media. The competition takes place from  8 - 3 at the University of Illinois at Chicago in their pool.

The national competition will take place June 26-28 at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan.

From their site:
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. 
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

Get a mom's-eye view of MATE ROV as well as two other popular robotics competitions in the video below. (It's well-suited for listening to; there's not a whole lot to watch.)

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