The Marine Advanced Technology Education ( MATE ) Center 
was established with funding from the National Science Foundation in 1997. MATE is an international network of community colleges, secondary schools, universities, research institutions, professional societies, marine industries, and working professionals. MATE's mission is to use marine technology to inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to solving real-world problems in a way that strengthens critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation

Regional Competitors' Inspiration and Outreach

When it comes to "paying it forward," submissions from the regional teams for MATE Inspiration and Outreach were spot on! From setting up MATE fly-throughs and allowing STEM students to drive ROVs to empowering girls into STEM education, presenting at fairs and securing funding, these students have been busy. As the final week of regional competitions wraps up, we are excited to see what the international ROV competitors bring to the table!  

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to read all about the regional competition submissions for Outreach and Inspiration.

Using ROVs in the real world...

How are you using student-built ROVs outside of the underwater robotics competitions? We want to know! Some people are testing the quality of water, studying ice algae and teaching others about ROVs and ocean exploration. Tell us your story with photos, video and short description. 

Submissions are being accepted HERE until May 15 with voting until May 31.

Looking for an activity to add to your camp offerings this summer?

Consider adding "design and build your own ROV" to your list of summer activities! The MATE Center has a variety of kits and resources to help you. For example, pair the AngelFish ROV with the Spanish Galleon Competition kit for a fun, engaging activity that you can easily accomplish in as little as three or as many as 20 hours! See the video for an example here.

If you're interested, please fill out the form HERE and the MATE staff will help you!

Lisa Bradshaw's Story

As an undergraduate at Georgia Institute of Technology, Lisa participated in the ROV competition as a mathematics major with a minor in robotics. Without realizing it, she gained experience in more than just robotics. She delved into the engineering presentation, poster presentation, technical report, and mission performance. Later, as a graduate research assistant, Lisa used her newfound skills and experiences to lead an Autonomously Surface Vehicle team. She now works as a Simulation Development Engineer with General Motors Autonomous Vehicle Program and volunteers each year at the MATE international competition.

Email your MATE journey to us HERE.

Stay connected with your peers and join the    MATE LinkedIn Group.

Like the MATE Facebook page to watch the upcoming LIVE event "What to expect at the MATE International ROV Competition" on May 18 at 1 p.m. PT.

Check out the MATE Summer Workshops and add yourself to a wait-list.

Post a job or search for a job on the MATE Job Board.

Visit MATE, June 25-29 a t National Marine Educators Association Conference
Charleston, SC. 

Visit MATE (booth 406), September 18-21 at MTS/IEEE Oceans 17 , Anchorage, AK.
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