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Sea Grant Hosts Underwater Robot Competition

Posted April 9th, 2013 by kyle

The newly formed Oregon Regional MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Program is designed to provide hands-on instruction and support for educators seeking to integrate STEM while engaging their students in authentic, inquiry-based, experiential learning.  Last year, Oregon Sea Grant’s Marine Education Program worked with University of Washington staff to establish the Oregon Regional MATE ROV Program which is expected to grow this year.  In the program, students work in small groups to design and build underwater robots to accomplish missions based on real-world activities, while learning about the engineering design process, ocean exploration, and forces such as buoyancy, drag and thrust.  Students then compete regionally and   nationally against other teams while interacting with marine technology professionals and college students who act as mentors throughout the process.  The program is designed to reach, engage, and support the participation of middle school students, at a critical point in the educational pathway where students, particularly ethnic minorities, are most likely to lose interest in math and science.

On May 4th, 2013, the regional MATE ROV competition was held at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.  24 middle school teams from Lincoln county competed in the event which focused on ocean observing systems.

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