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	The “Dellwood Dabsters 2” from Dellwood Middle School (pictured on left) test and refine their ROV before beginning the competition. Photo by Alex Masters.</p>

The “Dellwood Dabsters 2” from Dellwood Middle School (pictured on left) test and refine their ROV before beginning the competition. Photo by Alex Masters.

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	The team “KNZL Co.” from Clearwater Middle School (on left) navigates its ROV through an underwater mission while the “Sea Rangers” from Warwick Academy practice for their turn. Photo by Alex Masters.</p>

The team “KNZL Co.” from Clearwater Middle School (on left) navigates its ROV through an underwater mission while the “Sea Rangers” from Warwick Academy practice for their turn. Photo by Alex Masters.

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	The “Quantum Robotics” team from Cedarbridge Academy won the prize for Best Overall Interview. During the competition teams were questioned by a panel of judges on a range of topics, from the design and construction of their ROV to the challenges of working together as a team. Photo by Alex Masters.</p>

The “Quantum Robotics” team from Cedarbridge Academy won the prize for Best Overall Interview. During the competition teams were questioned by a panel of judges on a range of topics, from the design and construction of their ROV to the challenges of working together as a team. Photo by Alex Masters.

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	Students set their robotic vehicles on a variety of missions set up in the pool, such as surveying and retrieving samples from a moon-like surface and collecting a coral sample from the deep sea. Photo by Alex Masters.</p>

Students set their robotic vehicles on a variety of missions set up in the pool, such as surveying and retrieving samples from a moon-like surface and collecting a coral sample from the deep sea. Photo by Alex Masters.

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	Mid-Atlantic Robotics IN Education</p>

Mid-Atlantic Robotics IN Education

MARINE hosts an annual Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Challenge offering students the opportunity to design their own ROVs, and then deploy their self-built ROVs in underwater missions alongside their peers. Possible missions include documenting a local shipwreck, measuring lionfish populations, or recording temperature data during hurricane season. The MARINE ROV Challenge incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM topics), all of which play an integral role in providing young people with the skills necessary to succeed professionally in a wide range of careers, and to be informed citizens in a complex and rapidly advancing society.

Registration opened on September 30, 2016 for middle school team participation in the popular ROV Challenge, hosted by Mid-Atlantic Robotics IN Education (MARINE). In 2015, MARINE became a regional partner with the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE), which challenges students to apply physics, math, electronics, and engineering lessons to the marine environment.

Bermuda’s middle school students competed this year at the Beginner, Scout and Ranger classes of the MATE course. The event was held at the National Sports Center on April 22, 2017, with HSBC as the lead supporting donor. Each middle school was able to submit 2 Beginner, Scout, and Ranger teams with a maximum of 8 students per team. Kits were provided to Beginner level only.

The ROV Challenge was the topic of workshops hosted by BIOS for the Bermuda Union of Teachers on October 24-25, 2016 as part of MARINE. For more information please contact Kaitlin Baird.

Lead Supporting Donor for the 2017 MATE Bermuda Regional ROV Challenge: