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REF NO.: 81

SUBJECT: Marine Institute hosts regional ROV competition for junior and senior high school students

DATE: May 4

Students from schools across the province will have the opportunity to design, build and operate ROVs that can deploy scientific instruments to execute specific tasks at a competition held this weekend at the Fisheries and Marine Institutite (MI) of Memorial University.

The students will convene from Thursday, May 5, to Saturday, May 7, for the Marine Advanced Technology Education Centre (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Competition.

The junior high MATE ROV SCOUT competition will begin with the opening ceremonies on Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m. in the MI gymnasium. The competition will take place in MI’s flume tank on Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The high school MATE ROV RANGER competition will take place on Saturday, May 7, between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The opening ceremonies will begin on Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in the MI gymnasium.

The 2016 regional competition is supported by the Statoil, Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd., Husky Energy, Subsea7, GRI Simulations, Crosbie Group Ltd. and the Marine Institute of Memorial University.

The MATE Competition Network began in 2001 and currently consists of 26 regional events that take place across the U.S. and around the world.

2016 marks the 15th year of the MATE International competition. This year’s theme for the ROV missions is ‘From the Gulf of Mexico to Jupiter’s Moon Europa: ROV Encounters in Inner and Outer Space.’ The mission is to challenge students to design, build and operate a first-of-its-kind, dual purpose and single launch remotely operated vehicle that can operate in the harsh environments of both the deep ocean and outer space.

The top two teams from the high school RANGER regional event will earn the opportunity to participate in the 2016 MATE international ROV competition being held June 23-25 at the NASA Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas, U.S. Memorial University’s post-secondary Eastern Edge Robotics team will also join the top RANGER teams at the international competition, competing in a separate EXPLORER class.

Junior high schools taking part in the SCOUT regional competition include, Frank Roberts Junior High School; MacDonald Drive Junior High; Eric G Lambert; Clarenville Middle School; Hillview Academy; Leo Burke Academy; St. Mark’s School; Greenwood Academy; Leary’s Brook Junior High; St. Paul’s Junior High; Brother Rice Junior High; Holy Spirit High; Immaculate Heart of Mary School; Phoenix Academy; Villanova Junior High and Mount Pearl Intermediate.

Thirteen high schools from across the province will compete in this year’s RANGER event, including Ascension Collegiate; Fatima Academy; Belanger; Corner Brook Regional High; Gonzaga High School; St. Mark’s School; Queen Elizabeth Regional High School; Leo Burke Academy; Lewisporte Collegiate; Mount Pearl Senior High; Prince of Wales Collegiate; Holy Trinity High School and O’Donel High School.Media and the general public are invited to attend both events.

 

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For more information, please contact Leslie Earle, public relations and communications officer, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, at 709-778-0677, 709-330-3918, leslie.earle@mi.mun.ca.

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