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Marine Institute hosts junior high MATE ROV competition

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University will host a Marine Advanced Technology Education Centre (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle Scout competition for junior high students on April 15-16.

The competition takes place at the Marine Institute’s flume tank, and the media and public are invited to attend.

Taking part in the opening ceremonies will be Paul Leonard, president, Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd and a Memorial University graduate; Dr. Nicholas Krouglicof, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University; Glenn Blackwood, executive director, Marine Institute; and Dwight Howse, head, School of Ocean Technology, MI.

“The event gives junior high school students from across the province the opportunity to design, build and operate a remotely operated vehicle to execute specified tasks defined by the Marine Advanced Technology Education Centre of Monterey, California,” said Mr. Howse. “The goals of the competition are to broaden student interest in ocean technology careers and build a new generation of ROV teams for the MATE ROV high school and post-secondary competitions.”

The theme of the event will highlight the role ROVs play in the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on the challenges faced during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The mission tasks include capping a wellhead and sampling organisms.

Mr. Howse says the event for junior high students is a way to showcase the career paths they can follow at the Marine Institute.

“It’s a matter of getting the students interested in the oceans, science and technology,” he said. “There are many career options available for them at the Marine Institute, not just in ROV technology but in all aspects of the ocean industries. We want to make sure the students consider the oceans for potential career paths.”