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May 6, 2015


A RANGER team navigates through the pipeline inspection and repair

Underwater Innovation For An
Increasingly Technical Nation

A RANGER team navigates through the pipeline inspection and repair

A RANGER team navigates through the pipeline inspection and repair.
Credit: Amy Rath / GRNMS.

In the words of Albert Einstein, the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. That and a bit of innovation were on display at the annual Southeast Regional MATE ROV Competition hosted by Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary in Savannah on April 25, 2015. Fourteen teams from nine schools across the state of Georgia participated in the underwater robotics contest designed to simulate Science and Industry in the Arctic, the theme of this year's MATE International competition.


In addition to the marketing posters, engineering interviews and technical reports, teams were challenged in the pool to collect algae growing under sheets of ice, identify and count sea stars, deploy acoustic sensors, measure icebergs and maintain oil pipe lines deep below the depths of the icy Arctic. These tasks are done remotely through the robots the students design, build and control.



Remotely observing a sea urchin

Remotely observing a "sea urchin".
Credit: Alsion Scott / GRNMS.

With an increasing focus on the elements of STEM education (science, technology, engineering & mathematics), the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center , funded through the NSF, focuses their expertise in marine technology into realistic mission scenarios relating to science and industrial pursuits in our ocean which student teams learn about through the annual competition. Engineering a solution to complete the tasks at hand engages students in the physics of ocean dynamics while providing hands-on technical skill building to physically create a mechanism capable of functioning underwater at depth.

Deploying ROV, Science Under the Ice

Deploying ROV, Science Under the Ice.
Credit: Alsion Scott / GRNMS.

The staff of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, University and K12 education partners, and our dedicated volunteers provide their expertise to ensure the success of all student teams through mentoring, technical feedback, encouragement, and an aquatic challenge to be met by our future ocean explorers.


Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting is an invaluable lesson for teams.
Credit: Alsion Scott / GRNMS.

Congratulations to all participants and a hearty thank you to our sponsors. Visit the gallery of photos from the event and joins us next year for all the fun.

Contact the Southeast Region MATE ROV Competition Coordinator Jody Patterson or visit the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center for more information.


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