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!

Registration is Rapidly Filling Up!!!

Hi Mentors! If you haven't done so already, you really need to register your teams! We are limited to 16 Ranger, 8 Navigator and 16 Scout teams. There are only a few slots left so if you were waiting to register please do so ASAP! There is a waitlist, please let me know if you would like to be on that (especially for third teams). Registration will officially close April 18th so please register before then!

Students, you must register with your team in order to participate. Your mentor will send an email with links allowing you to register. If you have not received that email from your mentor, please have them contact us.

Students and Mentors, please read all the information here before registering.

Registration is Open!

If you haven't seen it already, registration is open for the PNW Regional! Please start here and read this carefully before proceeding

If you competed last year and your team was in the bottom third of RANGER or the top third of SCOUT you are eligible for the NAVIGATOR class. You must contact me before you can register for that. If you have a team that wants to be NAVIGATOR, please let me know. Since this is a new class for us, we are trying to judge the interest before opening the floodgates.

Please remember, we are limiting registration to two teams per organization per class. If you have more than two teams, please let me know and they'll go on a wait list.

Good luck and thanks for all your patience with this!

Important Dates

Okay some important dates for the 2015 season are coming your way! All of the workshops/events will be held at the UW Oceanography Department (except the Regional/International challenge).

Date Event RSVP?
October 25th Starting a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) Program or Club - Basics for New Mentors & Coaches Yes
November 15th Moving on Up - Getting Your MATE Scout Class Team to Navigator Class Yes
May 1st Company Spec Sheets and SIDs Due --
May 9th PNW Regional ROV Challenge Yes
June 25-27 International ROV Competition Yes

October 25th, 2014 - Starting an ROV Program Workshop - 9:00AM - 5:00PM (Lunch Provided)
With this workshop we hope to show new mentors how to start an ROV program within their organization. We will discuss ROV engineering and physics as well as basic electrical circuits and robotics. This workshop will address Next Generation Sciences Standards PS2 (Motion & Stability), PS3 (Energy), ETS1 (Eng. Design), ETS2 (Links among eng., tech., sci. & soc.), and ESS3 (Earth & human activity). Clock hours are available. Please register here.

November 15th, 2014 - Moving your team to Navigator Workshop - 9:00AM - 5:00PM (Lunch Provided)
This workshop is intended for mentors or parents who would like to improve their skills to move their team to the new Navigator class. This will focus on more advanced electronics and camera systems, similar to those found in the Triggerfish ROV kit. We will have a panel of experienced mentors who will discuss student retention, scheduling, fundraising and more. Please register here (coming soon).

May 1st, 2015 - Company Spec Sheets and SIDs Due
These documents are very important for juding and safety. Please be sure to follow all instructions in the Mission Tasks Document for your class. The SIDs information can be found in the Tasks Document and the Safety Summary. Your team will not pass safety inspection without the Systems Integration Document.

May 9th, 2015 - Pacific Northwest Regional Challenge! - All Day (Lunch provided for competitors and coaches)
You know what this is! Our regional will be held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Many emails will be sent out before then, please keep an eye out for them. Also, please remember if you are planning on entering the Navigator class to contact one of us first! We are extremely limited on space and have restricted entry to that class.