Underwater Robotics Teams
During my time teaching Technical Theatre, Theatrical Design, Visual Arts, and Maker Education, I served as a coach for my school's underwater robotics team or ROV for Remote Operated Vehicle. Each year we participated in MATE's Underwater Robotics Competition. They give design the competition themes around current oceanographic events (oil spills, coral erosion, and working under a glacier.
The MATE Center uses underwater robots – also known as remotely operated vehicles or ROVs – to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and prepare students for technical careers. Working in partnership with the Marine Technology Society ROV Committee, MATE created the ROV competition as a way to:
Engage students in STEM and expose them to science and technology careers
Encourage students to develop and apply technical, teamwork, and problem solving skills
Provide funds, materials, and technical expertise to support student learning provide industry with skilled individuals who can fill workforce needs