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REF NO.: 285

SUBJECT: Heritage Collegiate Wins ROV Regional Competition

DATE: May 9,2006

Heritage Collegiate in Lethbridge captured first place at this weekend’s 2006 MATE Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) Regional Competition at the Marine Institute.
The 21 member team won overall for their innovative design, accurate flying and technical presentation. Gongaza High School in St. John’s took second place.
Over 150 students from twelve provincial high schools took part in the two-day event that challenged teams to design, build and fly a ROV for the next generation of ocean observing systems. 
Teams, mentors, and supporters were able to watch each ROV in action in the institute’s flume tank as student pilots and deck crews deployed their vehicle, networked instruments for power and communications and recovered equipment for maintenance and repair.
The regional ROV competition, the first ever to be held in the province, was sponsored by the Marine Institute, the Eastern School District and the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Centre.
Both schools will travel to Houston, Tx., in June to defend Newfoundland’s title at the 2006 MATE Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) International Competition. Last year, 33 high school and university students from the Eastern School District won the 2005 International Competition at the NASA Johnson Space Center.
The MATE Centre co-ordinates an annual international student ROV competition and a network of regional ROV contests across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to
being fun and educational, these competitions connect students and educators with employers and working professionals from marine industries, highlight marine-related career opportunities, and promote the development of technical, problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork skills.
The international competition will be held June 23-25, 2006 at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. This year’s event will highlight the new and dynamic world of ocean observing systems and the careers, organizations, and technologies associated with ocean observatories.

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Note to editors: Photos from the competition are available at www.mi.mun.ca
For more information contact Kimberley Thornhill, educational marketing co-ordinator, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, at 778-0544, 691-9221 or Kim.Thornhill@mi.mun.ca

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