Students from around the world gathered in King County last week for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International ROV Competition over June 20-22. The theme of the competition is to create remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) that can handle missions that are modeled after real-world scenarios from the ocean. The competition is designed to complement the educational side by giving students the chance to build upon their skills to achieve increasingly complex ROVs for missions.
This year’s competition was held in the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, and included teams from countries as diverse as Russia and Iran, to say nothing of a number of American teams, including four from Washington. In order to compete internationally, the teams had to win their regional competitions, and there were two categories of secondary and post-secondary level.
MATE is a national partnership of organizations with the mission of improving marine technical education. Their goal is to help prepare America’s future workforce for ocean occupations; they have been a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Edcucation Center of Excellence since 1997.