Spring 2021 Issue
May 15, 2021
DISL - Four States Represented in 8th Annual ROV Competition
Acorns to Oaks Water Wardens competed in the Scout Challenge Class and placed first. They are from Slidell, Louisiana. (DISL)
Each year, MATE creates a scenario to inspire and challenge the students to apply science, technology, engineering, and math to solve real-world problems. With its focus on education, the competition is less about winning and more about strengthening students' critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation skills.
Pensacola Catholic High School competed in the Navigator Challenge Class and placed first. (DISL)
There are four challenge classes in the MATE competition and in each class the missions and ROVs increase in complexity. This year, teams competed in the Scout and Navigator challenge classes.
Scout Challenge Class:
3rd Place: Tyndall Turtles, Tyndall Academy
2nd Place: S.E.A. Panthers, Jemison Intermediate School
1st Place: Water Wardens, Acorns to Oaks
Navigator Challenge Class:
2nd Place: Los Tiburones, Baton Rouge International
1st Place: Crubotics, Pensacola Catholic High School
Each year, specialty awards are presented by the judges and volunteers. Summerdale School's Aquabot Co. received the Buoyancy Award for rising to the challenge when things appear to be sinking. Baton Rouge International School's (BRIS) Deep Sea Falcons earned the Tethered Together Award for their exceptional teamwork.
The dates for the 2022 competition are set for April 29 through May 1.
The MATE Regional ROV Competition is a part of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Discovery Hall Programs' K-12 STEM Programs. More information on the competition can be found here.