Teams from Newfoundland and Labrador won some major prizes last weekend at the 2022 MATE ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) World Championship in Long Beach, California.
Memorial University’s Eastern Edge Robotics team placed third overall and received the award for Best Engineering Presentation in the Explorer category for post-secondary students. The team is made up of more than 30 students from the Marine Institute and Memorial’s science and engineering and applied science faculties.
Mount Pearl Senior High’s Husky Explorer team received Best Engineering Presentation in the Ranger Class, the Guts and Glory Award, and Most Valuable Player honors for team member Eric Goulding.
Twenty international teams competed in the Explorer class, while there were 25 teams in the Ranger class this year.
Twentieth year of competition
Now in its 20th year, the MATE Center’s annual ROV competition challenges international high school and post-secondary students to learn and creatively apply STEM skills to solve real-world problems at home. helping ROVs, as well as strengthening their critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
The Marine Institute at Memorial has hosted regional ROV MATE competitions since 2003 and successfully hosted the World Championships in 2007 and 2015.
Provincial high school and post-secondary school teams have excelled in competition for the past two decades. Eastern Edge Robotics has placed in the top three nine times, taking first place four times.
“It is very encouraging to see our young people actively engaged in learning about ocean technology and the opportunities it provides globally,” said Paul Brett, Associate Vice President (Research and Strategic Partnership) of the Navy. Institute and one of the Eastern Edge Robotics team mentors. . “These educational experiences can only help grow the ocean technology sector in our province and attract the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders.
This year’s competition marked the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and urged participants to embrace environmental, social and governance efforts.
Students were challenged to design and build an ROV and the sensors and tools needed to support the work of fighting climate change, providing clean energy, feeding the growing world population, monitoring ocean health and preserve maritime history.
The MATE Center is a partnership of educational institutions and organizations that strive to improve marine technical education, provide participating students with opportunities to learn skills used in marine technology jobs and oceans and to encourage them to get involved in research and development.
Provincial MATE competitions were supported by Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Department of Energy, Technology and Innovation, Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd., Equinor, Kraken, Seamor Marine, Fugro , Subsea 7, Suncor, Chevron, Cenovus Energy, GRi Simulations, Pangeo Subsea, SubC Imaging, Ocean Quest, Crosbie Group Ltd., Cooke Aquaculture, Marine Institute and Memorial University.
Eastern Edge Robotics was also supported this year by Colab, Mysa, Pennecon, Rally and SubSea 7.
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