Regional Robotic Rodeo
The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center holds 31 regional student underwater robotic ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) competitions each year. During the competition teams have to conduct a number of underwater skills with the robot they built, give an oral engineering presentation describing their ROV and how it worked, and create a written presentation of the mock company they created for the competition.
This year a group of four Smithsonian interns in the Smithsonian STEM ROV program won the Florida regional competition, coming in first over 27 other high school teams. The team of four Florida high schoolers was formed three years ago and has been mentored by Woody Lee, a research specialist from the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce (SMS). They will go on to compete against the winners of the 31 other regional competitions in the International MATE ROV Ranger Competition in Seattle WA from June 21-24.