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Competition Day Schedule

The following schedule may change but this should give you an idea of when to arrive. It is very important to arrive on time as check in and safety evaluation can get quite hectic.

Basic schedule for MATE PNW ROV Challenge day

07:30-09:30     Team/Company Check In
07:30-07:45     Safety Judge meeting
07:45-10:15     ROV Safety checks
08:45-09:30     Diver's meeting
09:00-09:45     Judges & captains meetings - all classes
10:30-12:00     Rounds 1-3 of Competition - all classes
12:00-13:00     Lunch
12:00-13:00     Explorer Class Qualifying
13:00-15:30     Rounds 4-8 of Competition - all classes
15:30-16:30     Team packup, pool station teardown
15:30-15:45     Final Scoring by Judges
15:45-16:30     Judges final meeting
16:30-17:00     Awards Presentation
17:00           Depart facility

PNW Regional Specifics

Hello all!

As we get closer to the date, we want to remind you of some rule changes and specifications for the Pacific Northwest Regional. Please find them below.

Additionally, registration is officially closed. Thank you to all the teams who have registered, we're going to have a great competition this year! Mentors, we need to have every member of your team registered for this event. All our waivers and hold harmless agreements are electronic and we must have the parents complete the student registration. If you have questions about this or are having issues with, contact me immediately. This is not something that can wait until competition day.

And as always, if there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or write. This is crunch time and we make ourselves available to you as much as we can.

Good luck!

Pacific Northwest MATE ROV Challenge

Regional Specifics, 2017

Date:   May 13, 2017
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center
650 SW Campus Drive
Federal Way, WA 98023


Pool Depths:
3 meters for Scout and Navigator Class
5 meters for Ranger Class
(both are effectively flat bottomed)


Activities not required or scored:

  • Technical Report (all classes)
  • Job Safety Analysis (Ranger Class)


Available for bonus points:

  • Outreach & Inspiration (10 pts max)


Missions/Demonstrations not available:

  • Ranger Class only - Task 3: Environmental Cleanup: Collecting a Sediment Sample (all other parts of that task, including collecting clams and covering the sediment site, are available) Showing a collection device on your vehicle may earn up to 5 points.


We will apply a scale-factor to the communications portions (Company Spec Sheet, Product Presentation, and Marketing Display) that will make them equal to the points available in the demonstrations (Product Demonstration, Safety & Organizational Effectiveness at Demo). So even if you have an ROV that is not performing well underwater, you may be able to score well in this Challenge.

Registration is Open!

Hello PNW ROV Challenge Teams amd 2elcome to the 2017 season! All mission documents are posted and should be reviewed ASAP. Please ask questions early, either to us here at the regional or to the MATE Competition Forums.

Please remember, only one team per class per organization. If you would like to place a team on the wait list, send me an email. Space is limited as always, so please register early. New this year are fees for all competition classes, see below. We will be using again this year, there is a full set of instructions for registration.

RANGER - $150
SCOUT - $25

We are having an introductory workshop on Saturday, January 21st from 9am to 5pm. If you are interested, please fill out this form.

The following Saturday, January 28th, we will hold our mission prop building and mission overview workshop. Please let us know if you are available to help build the props we will be using at the regional. The overview will make sure we are all on the same page and answer questions specific to our regional.

Finally, competition day is Saturday, May 13th. Mark your calendars!

Welcome to the MATE 2017 Season

May 13th, 2017
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center


PORT CITIES OF THE FUTURE: Commerce, Entertainment, Health, and Safety

MATE’s international student underwater robotics (remotely operated vehicle or ROV) competition consists of an international event and a network of 28 (and growing!) regional contests that take place across the United States and in Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland, Egypt, Russia, Turkey, and Bermuda. 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 2017 MATE International ROV competition will take place Friday, June 23rd - Sunday, June 25th at Long Beach City College.