News Release

REF NO.: 69

SUBJECT: Marine Institute to host 2018 MATE remotely operated vehicle regional competition

DATE: May 2, 2018

Thirty teams from provincial junior high and high schools will compete in the Newfoundland and Labrador Regional MATE 2018 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Competition from May 4-5 at the Fisheries and Marine Institute in St. John’s.
Each team has designed and built their own ROV, which they will operate in the Marine Institute’s flume tank, deploying scientific instruments and executing specific tasks during the competition.

Teams are required to locate the wreckage of vintage airplane and recover its engine; install or recover a seismometer; and install a tidal turbine and environmental monitoring instrumentation.
The schedules for junior high school (SCOUT class) and high school (RANGER class) competitions follow below.

Friday, May 4

  • 8 a.m.-6 p.m. – SCOUT competition and presentation of awards
  • 6-10 p.m. – RANGER competition opening ceremony and practice sessions

Saturday, May 5

  • 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – RANGER competition

The Newfoundland and Labrador MATE competition is part of a network of 30 regional events worldwide.

The top two teams from the RANGER competition will earn the opportunity to participate in the 2018 MATE International ROV competition from June 21-23 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington, U.S.
The regional competition is supported by Hibernia Management and Development Co., Statoil, Subsea7, SubC Imaging, Crosbie Group Ltd. and member companies, Fugro GeoSurveys, Husky Energy, Kraken Robotic Systems Ltd. and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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