News Release

REF NO.: 89

SUBJECT: Marine Institute to host MATE ROV regional competition

DATE: May 4, 2017

Twenty-eight teams from schools across Newfoundland and Labrador will meet at the Fisheries and Marine Institute from Thursday, May 4, to Saturday, May 6, for the N.L. Regional Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Competition.

This year, students will compete under the theme of Port Cities of the Future: Commerce, Entertainment, Health and Safety, which highlights the role that ROVs will play in streamlining commerce, maintaining entertainment and ensuring both health and safety of port cities of the future.

The welcome ceremony for the SCOUT (junior high) competition takes place on Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. with the competition getting underway on Friday, May 5. The RANGER (high school) competition welcome ceremony will be held on Friday, May 5, at 6 p.m. with the competition getting underway on Saturday, May 6. The competition will be held at MI’s campus located at 155 Ridge Rd.

The competition is part of a network of 30 regional events that take place around the world. Student teams from middle schools, high schools, home schools, community colleges and universities participate in the events, which consist of different “classes” that vary depending on the sophistication of the ROVs and the mission requirements.

The 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 2017 regional competition is supported by Hibernia Management and Development Corporation, Statoil, Husky Energy, Subsea 7, Crystal Cam Imaging Inc., Crosbie Group Limited and Fugro Geosurveys.

Members of the media are invited to attend.

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