STEM Competitions

Marine Advanced Technology Education - MATE 2017 Regional & International Competitions

What's it all about?

The MATE Center (Located at Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA) uses underwater robots – also known as remotely operated vehicles or ROVs – to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and prepare students for technical careers.  Working in partnership with the Marine Technology Society ROV Committee, MATE created the ROV competition as a way to:

  • Engage students in STEM and expose them to science and technology careers
  • Encourage students to develop and apply technical, teamwork, and problem solving skills
  • Provide funds, materials, and technical expertise to support student learning provide industry with skilled individuals who can fill workforce needs 

The MATE competition challenges K-12, community college, and university students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace.  The competition’s class structure of beginner, intermediate, and advanced complements the education pipeline by providing students with the opportunity to build upon their skills – and the application of those skills – as they engineer increasingly more complex ROVs for increasingly more complex mission tasks.

How are we Involved?

The Aerospace Academy volunteers at the Houston MATE Challenge each year and has sponsored 2 MATE teams, a Scout Team & an Explorer Team. The Scout team is made up of Bay Area middle school students and the Explorer team is made up of San Jacinto College students. This is a very special chance for Scout team members to be mentored by our San Jacinto Students! Our teams are called the Aquanauts!

If you are interested in participating with Aerospace Academy on these competitions, please email us at: