MATE ROV Competition
Competition outline: Students learn about and build Remotely Operated Vehicles or ROV’s and use them to complete tasks several meters underwater. They also have to prepare and present materials to judges about their design choices as if they were a company that is trying to sell their design for use in industry.
There are four levels of competition: Scout, Navigator, Ranger and Explorer. With each level, the competition tasks increase in quantity and difficulty.
•See our vocabulary page for more details on unfamiliar words.
•See the MATE website for complete game manuals and other competition resources.
2014 game: Exploring the Great Lakes: Shipwrecks, Sinkholes, and Conservation in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. There is also a new class this year – NAVIGATOR. See info below: ROV will begin in March of 2014. Schedule will be dependent on FRC competitions. Check back here for details.
Below are the game documents for 2014:
•2014 Mission briefing
•Ranger shipwreck list
•Ranger props parts list
•Navigator shipwreck list
•Navigator props parts list
•Scout shipwreck list
•Scout props parts list
For the 2013 competition we fielded two teams, one Ranger class (ROV on left) and one Scout class (ROV on right). Both ROVs performed well this year ranking about the middle of the field. Rangers placed 7th and Scouts tied for 9th place. The Ranger group used last year’s ROV with some modifications, while the Scout group built a completely new machine.
For the 2012 competition we fielded two teams, one Ranger class (ROV on left) and one Scout class (ROV on right). Both ROVs performed better this year scoring points. In fact, the Ranger group placed 4th overall!
Sebastion is the ROV we built for the 2011 MATE competition. It looked real cool, but did not do so well in the pool, we had some problems. Apparently, at about 5 feet under the water the pressure got so high that it flattened our pool noodles and we sank to the bottom. Also our propellers didn’t provide enough push and our cameras and lights leaked. We learned a whole lot though, and plan on doing better next year.