President's Report 2007

International ROV competition a splashing success

An international ROV competition was held at Marine Institute

Early last summer the Marine Institute (MI) and the National Research Councilís Institute for Ocean Technology (IOT) played host to the National Science Foundationís 2007 MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) International ROV competition. The event was a splashing success!

Underwater robots are also known as ROVs, or remotely operated vehicles.

Itís the first time the competition was held outside the United States.

Over 300 students on 41 teams representing middle schools, high schools, home schools, after-school groups, community colleges and universities from Canada, The United States, Spain, Scotland, Iran and Hong Kong competed for awards in the Ranger and Explorer classes.

Two teams from Newfoundland and Labrador - Heritage Collegiate of Lethbridge and Eastern Edge Robotics from St. Johnís - placed second overall in both categories.

Supported by the National Science Foundationís MATE Center and the Marine Technology Society (MTS) ROV committee, the competition encourages students to develop science, technology, engineering and math skills by showing them real-world applications.

The Marine Institute built several new ROV facilities for the international competition.

ďThe facilities we have here are truly world class and we were extremely proud to showcase them to a global audience,Ē said Glenn Blackwood, MIís executive director.