Welcome to the MATE 2014 Season

The Monterey Bay Regional ROV Contest took place on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014.  Great job, teams!  Congratulations to all of the winners!



MATE’s international student underwater robotics (remotely operated vehicle or ROV) competition consists of an international event and a network of 22 regional contests that take place across U.S. and in Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland, Japan, and Egypt. Student teams from upper elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, home schools, community colleges, universities, and community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club and 4-H, participate. The competition consists of four different classes that vary depending on the sophistication of the ROVs and the mission requirements.

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. By connecting students with employers and professionals from the workplace, the competitions also expose students to ocean-related career opportunities and help them to see the pathways to those careers.

MATE Competition Philosophy
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.

The 2014 MATE International ROV competition focuses on exploring shipwrecks, sinkholes and conservation in the Great Lakes.  The competition will take place June 26-28 at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan, USA.

Click here for the 2014 competition missions

Contact the Regional Coordinator for more information about the 2014 Season

For videos from the 2012 event, click here.

2014 Monterey Bay regional winners

The 14th annual MATE Monterey Bay regional ROV contest took place on Saturday, May 3, at Aptos High School. 

Nearly 60 teams from area schools participated in the RANGER, NAVIGATOR, and SCOUT competition classes.  More than 100 volunteers supported the event as judges, divers, and technical support. 

Great job to all of the participating teams - and congratulations to all of the winners! 




13th Annual Monterey Bay Regional ROV Contest - RESULTS!

The Monterey Bay Regional ROV Contest took place on Saturday, April 20th at Aptos High School.  It was a beautiful day - and a wonderful venue - and, while they may not feel this way, just by being there the all of the teams had success!

However, several emerged as the winners - visit the links below to see which teams they were!  You can also find the final scores posted here

- RANGER class award winners

- SCOUT class award winners

Photos from the event are posted here and here.  Check them out!