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.)