Shareholders Meeting Info

Hi all, A quick update for you from our shareholders meeting. This is a group of mentors, volunteers and parents that are helping to improve the Pacific Northwest Regional. We met just before Halloween and had a fantastic discussion about the future of our competition. The first issue we had to discuss was regarding the number of teams that can participate. Due to the nature and organization of our Regional competition, we completely max out the venue with 48 teams. Last year we had a limited trial of a new class, Navigator, which fits between the Scout and Ranger classes. It was a success and we had many mentors requesting access for the next year. As such, we are limiting the number of teams allowed into each class to 16. This is a decrease in number of teams for both Ranger and Scout and I expect registration to fill very quickly (Should open December 12th, I'll keep you posted). Secondly, since we are such a popular competition, we have many more teams that want to participate than possible. We have typically allowed each organization to bring two teams per class. However, last year there were many organizations that were turned away entirely and were not able to compete. If our Regional gets 11 or more organizations to participate we are eligible to send our first and second place Ranger winners to the International competition. We had nine organizations last year but had to turn away a few because our space was full.... As such, it was decided that this year each organization will only be allowed one team per class. We encourage all organizations to have an internal runoff with their teams and send the best to our Regional. We may be available to help with your runoff, please let us know if you will be having one. We also discussed one of the major issues that faces new mentors, practice sessions. We decided that we will hold a Troubleshooting Workshop on March 14th. We will have a morning (10 teams) and afternoon (10 teams) session in our large salt water test tank and have our smaller above ground pool available. We will have tools and be available for advice and to answer questions, however all work will be completed by students. We encourage teams that participate to help eachother and share their knowledge and experiences. And finally, every year we have teams that drop out of the competition last minute. Of course anything can happen and we fully understand when circumstances occur that would keep a vehicle from getting in the water. However these drop outs cause many logistical issues for the competition organizers and volunteers. We would like to encourage mentors to remind their students that there are quite a lot of points that can be earned without the vehicle ever getting wet. Half of the total points for the competition come from the Engineering Presentation and Poster. It is very educational for a team to present their vehicle, even if it is unable to participate in the missions. There are also many aspects of the mission where points can be scored even if the maneuverability of the vehicle is compromised. Basically, by offering these simple points we are trying to encourage students to engage with the other teams, volunteers and judges to learn how they can better compete next year. If your team is having difficulties early, please let me know as soon as possible so that a team on the wait list can be offered your place. Please encourage your students to attend the competition as spectators. If something catastropic happens with your vehicle just before competition, please let me know as soon as possible and please come with your team and your ROV in whatever stage it may be in. Encourage your students to participate as much as they can with what they have. tl;dr
16 teams per class
1 team per organization per class
March 14th, Troubleshooting Workshop
Bring your team to competition, even if your ROV explodes the night before.

2015 General Information document

The 2015 General Information document has been posted – please see


Also, there is a new posting date for the 2015 competition manuals.  The manuals will be released by November 22, 2014.  Check out the General Information for more key dates.

Advanced Workshop Registration

Hello Mentors! We are having an advanced workshop on November 15th that we would love for you to attend. This workshop will be focused on getting your vehicles from the Scout to the Navigator class. We will learn how to control motor speed through pulse width modulation and go over waterproofing and camera placement. During lunch we will have a panel of experienced mentors who can answer your questions regarding student retention, scheduling and fundraising for a Navigator team. Please register here if you plan on attending. Attendees will receive a copy of Underwater Robotics: Science, Design & Fabrication. Clock hours are available for those who request them.

Hope to see you there!

Workshop Attendees!! Please Read!

I made a mistake with the registration and did not ask for your email, as such I have no way to contact you! If you filled out the registration form, we are expecting you and are looking forward to Saturday. Please send me an email with your contact info ASAP. We will have some parking info for you (Huskies game day....). My email is

Starting a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) Program or Club - Basics

We are pleased to be able to offer our first workshop of the year, Starting an ROV program or Club. This introductory workshop will be focused on the skills required to build a simple ROV and how best to bring that information back to your program. We will focus on basic electronics, ROV physics and curriculum ideas. This workshop is for mentors only, students should encourage their teachers or parents to attend this workshop. Please see the Important Dates tab under News and Events to register for this workshop and for more info on all our events.

PNW ROV Challenge 2015

Hello all and welcome to a new year of competition! New dates for workshops and competition have been added to the Important Dates tab, please bookmark this page and check back frequently. Our competition is scheduled for May 9th, 2015 at the King County Aquatic Center. Registration should be a little smoother than last year, I'll keep you informed as to when it goes live. As always, feel free to shoot us an email or phone call if you have any questions!

Welcome to the PNW Regional Challenge 2015


MATE’s international student underwater robotics (remotely operated vehicle or ROV) competition consists of an international event and a network of 23 regional contests that take place across the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland, Japan, and Egypt. Student teams from upper elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, home schools, community colleges, universities, and community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club and 4-H, participate. The competition consists of four different classes that vary depending on the sophistication of the ROVs and the mission requirements.

The 2015 MATE International ROV competition will take place June 25-27 at Memorial Universtity and the Institute for Ocean Technology in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CANADA.


Congratulations to Carl Hayden High School and Mary Mazzio on their Underwater Dreams documentary! Carl Hayden was the EXPLORER class winner in 2004, when the ROV competition was just two years old. We're happy to see Lorenzo, Oscar, Cristian and Luis (and their robot Stinky) getting recognized by NPR, MSNBC, the Colbert Report and more. We continue to wish them the best and we are excited to see how the documentary is raising awareness about the importance of STEM education and making sure that it's accessible to ALL students. We thank them for calling attention to this and for highlighting the MATE ROV Competition!

Pacific NW Challenge Results!

Thank you all so much for making this a fantastic regional. A huge thanks to all of our volunteers, sponsors, mentors and parents for all of their support. All the hard work paid off and it was great to see what each team came up with to accomplish the missions. We hope to see all of you back for our regional contest next year on May 9th, 2015! Keep looking at our webpage for updates on registration (open Februrary 2015) and workshops. And don't forget to follow AMNO & CO during the International competition June 26th - 28th.

-Wes, Rick and Fritz

Results of the 9th Annual Pacific Northwest Regional MATE ROV Challenge:

Scout Class:
1st - FHMS (Friday Harbor)
2nd - VulcanWerks (Kirkland)
3rd - Underwater Submarine Seals (South Whidbey Academy)
Best Team Spirit: Vulcanwerks

Navigator Class:
1st - Puget Sound Navigators (Columbia Virtual Academy, Freeland)
2nd - Team MEDUSA (SeaTech 4H Club, Mt. Vernon)
3rd - South Whidbey Academy (Langley)
Best Team Spirit: Pacific Olympians (Gig Harbor)

Ranger Class:
1st - AMNO & CO (Seattle) (moving on to International Competition in Alpena, MI)
2nd - Atlantis ROV (Columbia Virtual Academy)
3rd - Europa II (SeaTech 4H)
Best Team Spirit: Hydro, Inc. (Gig Harbor)

Explorer Class Qualified for International Competition:
UW ROV Team, "Orcus"
SeaTech 4H Team, "Sigma VII"
British Columbia Institute of Technology, "DEEP Robotics"

All-around Rookie of the Year Team: Octopi Inkorporated (Issaquah)
Lee McNeil Mentorship Award:  Mary Chang, AMNO & CO ROV Club, Seattle, WA

One of our divers, Jeremy Freestone, made a great video from his perspective, check it out at:  - thanks Jeremy!
One of our judges, Rick Rudnick, took some great stills of the event and awards ceremony and posted them to: - thanks Rick!

Competition Day Schedule!

I'm sorry this hasn't gotten out sooner but here you'll find the general schedule for tomorrow, the final schedule will be distributed to you at check-in tomorrow morning. The biggest change from previous years is that all classes will start their missions at 10:30AM!

Note some key times:
0745 - 0845 - Check in - Lobby
0800-1000 - Safety checks at your work table
0900-0945 - Judges and CEO/Captain's meeting - ALL Classes
1030 - 1100 - ALL CLASSES - first round of competition

We will have a repair-station available this year courtesy of Paul and Brett from Emerald Harbor Marine. Paul ran the repair-station at the Internationals last year so has experience.

While we will NOT have a mission station available for practice, we WILL have two 12V batteries and an area at the end of the 3m deep pool available for vehicle ballasting and trials.

When you check in, your team will receive 3 things:
- a red-flag to raise at your work-station when you're ready for your safety inspection
- a special armband for your CEO (or team leader) to wear to identify her/him as such - (only CEOs/team-leaders may discuss challenge issues with the judges)
- a list of all the ship-wrecks that COULD be on the pool floor for your class of competition
Be sure those are kept carefully - we will need the first two BACK at the end of the day.

Be sure to be at your station ON TIME. If there is a team still de-mobilizing at the station, please be patient and let them clear the area. Then ask the Pool-station judges if it's OK for you to move in. Also be sure your CEO/team-leader introduces her/himself to the judges and discusses when the 5-min mobilization time will start being recorded. For Engineering Evaluations, please be AT YOUR WORK TABLE at that time - they will come find you. Your POSTER should be prominently displayed on your work table at ALL TIMES as the judges may come at any time to read/review that. Please give me a call if you have any questions! Good luck and see you all tomorrow! Wes

Registration is Closed!

Wow, we have had a huge response to registration! Thank you all for your interest, we have maxed out our competition, 16 RANGER, 8 NAVIGATOR and 16 SCOUT class teams! Please let me know if you would like teams to be placed on a waiting list. And conversely, if your team is not going to make the competition, let me know ASAP. We have lots of teams who are champing at the bit to compete and the earlier we we can place them the better.

The mentorship workshop that was planned for this weekend has been postponed until this summer when we will hold a two day ROV Summit. The mentorship workshop will be rolled into that, please keep checking back here for additional information.

Mentors, be sure all of your students have registered with your team. You must send them an email through your team portal. The supplied email template will have a link for your students to follow to register. Please do this ASAP! Registration will officially close down on April 18th and students will not be able to register after that. Registration is required for participation. If you need additional information on how to register your students, please click here.

Teams, be sure that you are following all specifications designed for your class. NAVIGATOR teams, be doubly sure to read your amperage requirements (15 amps)!

All teams will be required to submit a Company Spec Sheet and a Systems Integration Diagram (SIDS). These are required by May 1st! Please see the Safety Summary for information regarding the SIDS.

Be sure to keep on top of the important dates coming up!

Good luck!