Welcome to the MATE 2015 Season


MATE’s international student underwater robotics (remotely operated vehicle or ROV) competition consists of an international event and a network of 23 regional contests that take place across the United States, 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 2015 MATE International ROV competition will take place June 25-27 at Memorial Universtity and the Institute for Ocean Technology in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CANADA.


Congratulations to Carl Hayden High School and Mary Mazzio on their Underwater Dreams documentary! Carl Hayden was the EXPLORER class winner in 2004, when the ROV competition was just two years old. We're happy to see Lorenzo, Oscar, Cristian and Luis (and their robot Stinky) getting recognized by NPR, MSNBC, the Colbert Report and more. We continue to wish them the best and we are excited to see how the documentary is raising awareness about the importance of STEM education and making sure that it's accessible to ALL students. We thank them for calling attention to this and for highlighting the MATE ROV Competition!

Mission Tasks for New England Regional

Attention all competitors.  For the New England Regional competition, teams will only be performing Mission Tasks 1 and 3.  Teams will not be required to perform Mission Task 2.  This applies only to the regional.  The International Competition will still be requiring all of the tasks to be performed.  Email if you have any questions.

2015 New England Regional Date Set

This year's New England Regional MATE competition will take place on Saturday May 9, 2015 at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth Athletic Center from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  More details to follow.  Please email me if there are any questions.  I look forward to seeing everyone in May. Cheers, Chris 

Celebrating Marine Robotics event at WHOI, December 19, 2014

Attention MATE participants in the South Coast and Cape Cod regions!    The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, a public economic development agency, is hosting an event this Friday, December 19th at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.   At the event, Massachusetts officials will announce a grant that will help support the development of new test facilities for WHOI’s Center for Marine Robotics. The award is aimed at spurring the internationally competitive marine robotics sector in Massachusetts.   Organizers note that they’ll have several AUVs on hand, as well as remarks from Massachusetts public officials and WHOI executives about the project.    The event will take place on Friday, December 19, 2014, from 3:00-4:30 p.m., at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Clark South High Bay, 360 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA 02543.  You can R.S.V.P. by clicking on this link: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ea9x6yiy9ef352e1&oseq=&c=&ch.   For any questions about the event, please contact Brian Noyes, Senior Communications Manager, MassTech, noyes@masstech.org.

New England Regional Date and Venue - May 3, UMass-Dartmouth

This year's New England Regional Competition has been scheduled for Saturday May 3 at The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.  Stay tuned for more details, please feel free to email any questions.  I look forward to seeing everyone in May.  -Chris   

2013 New England Competition Results

Here are the results of the competition held last Saturday.


1st Overall - Greater New Bedford Voc Tech - Mariner Engineering (moves on to compete at the International Competition)

2nd Overall - New Bedford High School

3rd Overall - Blue Hills Regional Technical School


1st Report - New Bedford High School

1st Poster - New Bedford High School

1st Engineering - Greater New Bedford Voc Tech - Mariner Engineering

1st Mission(tie) - Greater New Bedford Voc Tech - Mariner Engineering/Blue Hills Regional Technical School


Guts & Glory - New Bedford High School

Team Spirit - Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Judges Special - Greater New Bedford Voc Tech - Bearer of the Sea

Sharkpedo - Blue Hills Regional Technical School

Safety - New Bedford High School

Bang for the Buck - Falmouth High School


Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all the teams who competed!