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Welcome to the MATE New England Regional Competition Website


From the Gulf of Mexico to Jupiter's Moon Europa:
ROVs Exploring Inner and Outer Space

Welcome to the MATE 2016 Season



MATE’s international student underwater robotics (remotely operated vehicle or ROV) competition consists of an international event and a network of 28 (and growing!) regional contests that take place across the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland, Egypt, Russia, and Turkey. 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 2016 MATE International ROV competition will take place June 23-25 at NASA's Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) in Houston, Texas


Thank you to our sponsors!

The New England Regional would like to thank our sponsors for their support of this year's event.

Thank you to our sponsors!

The New England Regional Competition would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this year's event.

ROV Pool Practice Date - Friday, April 15th‏

We are just about a month away from the competition. As a way to help you stay on track we are going to offer another pool practice day on Friday, April 15th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm at Durfee High School in Fall River, MA. I will plan to bring one set of Scout and Ranger props for the day so that teams may practice completing some or all aspects of the mission. This is a great opportunity for teams to get some driving time in before the competition. Even if you feel like you are not ready to try the missions, I encourage you to take advantage of the pool time to trouble shoot any problems you may be having and get driving time in with your ROV.  Please RSVP to Meghan Abella-Bowen, or by using the email link on the New England website by Wednesday, April 13th if you plan to attend the pool practice and bring a team. She will send out a follow-up email on Wednesday with directions and any additional details. We will also try to have one or two engineers/judges available during the pool practice time to answer questions teams may have.

3/29/16 - New England Regional Competition Updates

Hello Teams! The date of the regional competition is rapidly approaching and I just wanted to update you on a few specifics for this year's meet.  I'm sure you realize by now that we are at a new venue this year,  we are very excited to be partnering with the Sandwich STEM Academy and the newly rennovated Sandwich High School pool facility.  We should have a wonderful event this year.  In addition to the competition itself, there will be an expo with displays from local companies and institutions showing applications of and opportunities in ocean technology. Here are just a few items of note:
  • If you haven't registered, please do so as soon as possible,  we need an accurate headcount to determine how many stations to setup and how many lunches to order so please make sure your team is registered
  • Technical reports for the Ranger class will be due electronically on April 25,  make sure that your report is submitted by this day
  • We are currently planning on running all of the Ranger mission tasks, the only one we have a question on is the calibrated temperature reading due to the problems we have generating a temperature gradient in the pool.  We will still run the task, but the scoring will probably focus more on the task, and less on the accuracy of the thermometer.  We will let the teams know when a final decision is made
  • We are considering adding a second pool run for the Ranger teams with the better score of the two being the final score.  Some of this will depend on the total number of entries, and the number of stations available.  We will let you know ahead of time whether there will be one or two runs.
These are the major things of note.  If you have any questions, please email me and I'll be glad to answer them.  See you in May!

2016 New England MATE ROV - Pool Practice Day Sat. March 26th

Hello Ranger teams,   Welcome to the 2016 New England Regional MATE ROV Competition and thank you for registering your teams on the active website. I wanted to let you know that we will be offering a FREE pool practice day on  Saturday, March 26th at Sandwich High School. We will have the pool from 8:00am to noon. As we prepare for the day we would like to get an idea of how many teams might try to come by to practice. We anticipate having at least one set of props completed for the Ranger mission for you to view and practice on as well as a couple of judges available for you to speak to about the mission and or any challenges you may be facing.      Please let me know by Tuesday, March 22nd if you anticipate joining us for the pool practice date. We are also trying to secure a second pool practice day in April for teams. As soon as I have more information I will let teams know.