Saturday 17 April 2010

Regional MATE ROV Competition

Hi all!

Yesterday Sam and I helped the team at Thunder Bay get ready for the Great Lakes Regional MATE ROV Competition. We had no idea what an ROV competition was, so we asked Steve to explain. He told us that an ROV is an underwater robot that scientists use to explore areas they can’t get to. especially areas that are too dangerous or too deep for a person to travel too.

In the MATE ROV Competition students from age 11 to 18 build robots and compete in challenges (missions). Sam and I were happy to hear that this year’s competition is all about undersea volcanoes. We know a lot about those from our visit to Hawaii. Today we woke up early and headed to the competition.
Here’s a picture of Sam and I working at the registration table as greeters for the ROV Competition”

Sam and I talked to a few of the teams and all of the kids seemed really excited. We watched students put their ROVs (robots) in the pool and drive them underwater.

They had many missions. The two I liked were navigating through caves and picking up crustaceans (like crabs and lobster).
Sam and I also helped judge the posters students had created to explain their ROV.

Bye for now, Ed

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