Welcome to the MATE 2014 Season


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.

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!