Long Beach, California (PRWEB)
June 20, 2017
Instead of methodically swimming laps up and down eight lanes in the Viking Aquatics practice outdoor heated pool, hundreds of students representing more than 60 teams from around the world will be meticulously testing their underwater robots during the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s 16th annual international student underwater robotics competition from June 23 to June 25 at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, Calif.
Also known as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), these robots are the vehicles the MATE Center uses to get students excited and engaged in science, technology, engineering and math while exposing them to related careers and how this technology is used in the real world.
Each year, the MATE competition challenges students from K-12, community colleges and universities to design and build underwater robots to complete missions that are based on scenarios from the workplace. The students are also tasked with creating mock companies, thinking like entrepreneurs and working together to “manufacture, market and sell” their products, i.e. their ROVs. Not only do students develop technical skills as they engineer the robots, they also gain leadership, project management and communication skills as they prepare technical reports and poster displays and deliver presentations that are evaluated by judges from the professional marine technology world.
This year’s competition focuses on the role ROVs play in securing the health and safety of today’s seaports. It also encourages students to think about how this technology can help lay the groundwork for “port cities of the future.” Like port managers, the students will operate their ROVs to handle tasks that include finding cargo containers that fell…