MATE Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV)





The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center works with OceanWorks International and the Deep Submergence Systems Office, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, to challenge students to design/build Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV). ROVs, in practical application, are used for a multitude of Naval operations including but not limited to search, research, and rescue. Every year, the MATE center releases a new task that challenges students from both high school and college levels to express their passion for engineering. In addition to creating the ROVs with only a handful of resources and unlimited creativity, teams also prepare technical reports, poster displays, and engineering presentations that describe the mechanics of the vehicle.


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The 2013 ROV Challenge: THE Ocean Observing System

From deepwater oil drilling to the exploration of shipwrecks and installation of instruments on the seafloor, individuals who possess “entrepreneurial skills” are in high demand and stand out in the crowd of potential job candidates.This year, the challenge involves working as an integral part of a team, and apply technical knowledge and skills in new and innovative ways to work on the maintenance of many construction projects worked on sea including oil spills and ship repairs. The vehicle must be able to operate underwater and repair different ships and sites.

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During World War II, the SS Gardner was hit and sunk by a German U-Boat on December 25, 1942.  The challenge this year is to create a remotely operated vehicle tasked with completing a full assessment of the shipwreck.  The vehicle must determine the location and orientation on the seafloor, the debris field surrounding the ship, the state of its contents and hull, and any necessary information needed to remove any remaining bunker oil.  


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The 2011 ROV Challenge: THE OIL SPILL


We are all aware of the tragic event that occured in the Gulf of Mexico. After such an event, MATE modeled this year’s challenge after the Oil Spill, realizing that ROVs are what can save the spill. Each team, now turned into a company, is challenged to develop specialized tools to mitigate oil spills and demonstrate this tools in an oil spill response mission! Good luck, teams! Save the Earth, Gulf, and animals!


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CAMS first entered the MATE ROV competition in 2007. After winning the Southern California regional and doing well in the international competition, CAMS created two teams the next year, one in the Ranger (high school) division and one in the Explorer (college) division. In the 2008 International competition, the Explorer team, competing with high caliber universities such as MIT, was ranked 2nd place in the missions and 3rd overall. The following year, both Ranger and Explorer team competed on the International stage (a first for CAMS and a rarity for any school). Both teams competed to the best of their abilities; however, they were unable to secure the titles they had in the past. Now, in the 2010 ROV season, the team has a new mission statement and is working more diligently than ever to achieve excellence in not only the field of competition, but the team as a whole.


Nerd Herd Awards


2007: Southern California Best in Show (Ranger Division-Regional)
2007: Southern California First Place (Ranger Division-Regional)
2007: Best Poster Display (Ranger Division-International)
2008: Southern California Biggest Bang for Your Buck (Ranger Division Regional)
2008: Best Poster Display (Explorer Division-International)
2008:3rd Place San Diego Competition (Explorer Division-International)
2009: 1st Place Southern California First Place (Ranger Division-Regional)
2012: 2nd Place Southern California First Place (Ranger Division-Regional)