The Marine Advanced Technology Education ( MATE ) Center 
was established with funding from the National Science Foundation in 1997. MATE is an international network of community colleges, secondary schools, universities, research institutions, professional societies, marine industries, and working professionals. MATE's mission is to use marine technology to inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to solving real-world problems in a way that strengthens critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation

Nothing But Success at the MATE International ROV Competition

From start to finish, the latest MATE International ROV Competition went off without a hitch. Teams from 17 countries assembled at Long Beach City College at the end of June to showcase their underwater talents and ROV designs. The event was shown live on Facebook as well as on the NASA-sponsored livestream on the MATE website. More than 1,100 individuals attended the awards ceremony to celebrate the winners.  

Save the date for the 2018 MATE International ROV Competition, June 21-23, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington.

Winners Announced!

Among 65 teams from 17 countries, two received top honors at MATE's international underwater robotics competition, June 23-25, at Long Beach City College in California. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Watsonville Firefighters' Seal Team 1272 topped the podium in their respective classes. This year's contest focused on ROVs' role in securing the health and safety of today's seaports. Awards were also given for team spirt, design innovation, and safety, among others. 

Read more about the MATE International ROV Competition  HERE  and see the complete list of award winners HERE.

Read How MATE Influenced Tara Willis' Career Pathway

When Tara Willis began her education at Long Beach City College she was focused on and enrolled in the electrical program. After taking an elective robotics course, Willis was introduced to MATE which changed her educational path. Willis participated in a MATE At-Sea internship and was involved in ROV competition, which eventually lead to her traveling the world and securing jobs along the way.

Read her story HERE.

MATE Summer Institutes Wrapped Up This Week

Two summer institutes wrapped up this week. Teachers and faculty from across the country as well as Bermuda took part in workshops at the MATE Center in Monterey, California. Participants in both workshops were taught the engineering design process using underwater robotics. The introductory workshop focused on the SeaMATE PufferFish ROV control system, while the intermediate workshop addressed the new TriggerFish 3.0 control system.

Check out more MATE Professional Development opportunities HERE.

Meet Huxley Conner and Learn About His Summer MATE Internship

Huxley Conner has been a water person his whole life. From boating to learning about marine science, he couldn't imagine life away from the water. He's a student at Maine Maritime Academy where he's studying Marine Science and Small Vessel Operations. He just started his MATE internship this summer on the R/V Hugh R. Sharp vessel. With the goal of working someday on a research vessel, Huxley shares his excitement and love of all the unknowns and upcoming adventures in this blog.

Read Huxley's blog post HERE.

Weren't able to attend MATE's week-long Summer Institutes? No problem!  You can still learn more by attending a regional short workshop. The full list is here.

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