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SUBJECT: Marine Institute hosts first junior high ROV competition
DATE: March 18, 2010

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland will hold a Marine Advanced Technology Education Centre (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Scout competition for junior high students on Saturday, March 20, and the media is invited to attend. 
The event starts at 10 a.m. and includes remarks from Shawn Skinner, minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development. The ROV competition takes place between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Marine Institute Flume Tank, followed by closing ceremonies and awards at 4 p.m. in the MI gymnasium.
MI has hosted the provincial high school ROV competition each spring since 2006, but this is the first junior high contest to take place at the Marine Institute.
“The goals of this 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,” said Dwight Howse, head, School of Ocean Technology, Marine Institute.
Junior high students will construct a remotely operated vehicle that is able to execute specified tasks in the Marine Institute's Flume Tank as defined by the Marine Advanced Technology Centre in Monterey, California. 
Schools taking part in the event include Mount Pearl Intermediate, Mount Pearl; St. Paul’s Junior High, St. John’s; Beaconsfield Junior High, St. John’s; Pearce Academy, Burin; Clarenville Intermediate, Clarenville; St. Mark’s School, King’s Cove; Holy Trinity High, Torbay; Holy Redeemer, Spaniard’s Bay. 
This junior high ROV competition is supported through the Youth Innovation Program established by the Department of Innovation Trade and Rural Development.

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