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 seamount, 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 opens on September 30, 2018 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 of the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, which challenges students to apply physics, math, electronics, and engineering lessons to the marine environment.

Bermuda’s middle school students will compete this year at the Beginner, Scout and Ranger classes. MARINE operates the Scout and Ranger courses through a continued partnership with MATE. The event will be held at the National Sports Center on April 27, 2019. Each middle school will be able to submit 2 Beginner, Scout and Ranger teams with a maximum of 6 students per team on competition day. Kits will be provided to Beginner level only.

Components of the ROV Challenge will be the topic of workshops hosted by BIOS for the Bermuda Union of Teachers on October 22-23, 2018, as part of MARINE and the Curriculum Enrichment Program

Please find the registration form here for the 2019 MATE Bermuda Regional Challenge. If you need assistance please contact Kaitlin Noyes.

The 2019 MATE Bermuda Regional ROV Challenge is generously supported by HSBC, XL Foundation and others.