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Welcome to the MATE 2017 Season


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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.


Congratulations to all Teams!

Thank you all for participating in this year’s MATE Pacfic Northwest Regional ROV Challenge - it was a great day! The vehicles were fascinating, the competition stiff, and all proceeded (mostly) smoothly to our final awards presentation. The individual scores and awards are shown below - congratulations to all! Special thanks to our sponsors and groups that came with extra experiences, including Ocean Gate Foundation, UW-ROV, MTS Student Section, and foundry10 - we appreciate the extra bit of inspiration you provided beyond MATE’s missions.

At the MATE International Competition in June we’ll be represented in Ranger Class by the CADMUS team from SeaTech 4-H in Mt. Vernon. In Explorer Class, it’s still possible we’ll be represented by two teams - AMNO & CO from Seattle, and Team PSI from Mt. Vernon. Each of those teams has one more chance to qualify for a trip to Houston - good luck!

If you’re interested in engaging colleagues and others in this event, check this webpage when school starts again for dates of our "Introduction to ROVs” workshop. We offer this every year to be sure mentors, coaches and interested parents get some hands-on time with the vehicles and basic controls, as well as ways they can be used in both formal and informal STEM education. In 2017, we may also be offering an advanced class on cameras, waterproofing, and better thruster controls - stay tuned.

Thanks again,
Wes Thompson, Rick Rupan, Stanley Janicki, and Fritz Stahr - MATE Regional Coordinators for the Pacific Northwest

Competition Location

Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center
650 SW Campus Drive
Federal Way, WA 98023
47°17'44.3"N 122°20'36.2"W


Competion Day Schedule

Ok here is the basic schedule for competition day. The actual time that your teams will compete and have their sales presentation will be disclosed on competition day.

0730    Doors Open, Team Check-In
0900    Judges Meeting
0945    Team Captain's meeting

1030    First round of competition starts
1200    Lunch and Explorer Demos
1300    Second round of competition
1600    Competition over, begin clean up
1630    Award Presentations
1700    Vacate Building

I need to have all of your students registered and associated with your team ASAP. My emails next week will be more directed and hopefully won't turn nasty ;-). We still have more teams than I like that have zero students registered. Please have this completed as early as you can.
A reminder, SIDs and Spec sheets are due next week. I did receive some notices that my emails regarding the requirements were not totally accurate, I apologize. We will accept neatly hand drawn SIDs from Navigator and Scout. The fuse calculations are only required for Ranger teams, but Navigator and Scout must list the value of the fuse on the SID.

Do you have Anderson Powerpole connectors for all your teams/ROVs? If not, send us your name, shipping address, and how many you need and we’ll get those to you, plus one for attachment to a battery for testing vehicles. We’ll send pre-crimped pig-tails so your teams will need to solder those to the power-wires of their ROVs. Your teams MUST come to the Regional competition with these connectors as all our batteries will have those installed on them. We will NOT accept vehicles with banana-plugs for competition. For more info on the powerpoles and how to install them, please see this presentation.
So feel free to call or email with any questions. Ask early and we can hopefully diffuse some of the insanity that is Saturday morning.

Crunch time, good luck!

Presentations - Intro Workshop and Anderson Powerpoles

With our move to Anderson Powerpoles this year, this presentation describes what they are and how exactly to install them on your ROV. Be sure to follow the conventions in this presentation for installation, we will be using this to build our power stations for competition. Please ask early if you have any questions. We know this is a big change but it is much safer and more reliable.


Additionally we had many requests for our Intro ROV presentation, please find it here.

Prop Building and Mission Walk Through

This Saturday Jan. 30th we will be having a our Prop building and Mission Walk-through.

9:00am - Noon: Prop building
1:00pm - 4:00: Mission Walk-Through

Prop building and the Mission Walk-through will take place in the new Ocean Technology Center in the basement of the Ocean Teaching Building (OTB). Building entrance near parking lot S6.

EXPLORER TEAMS and the PNW Regional

All EXPLORER teams from the PNW will be required to attend the regional on May 7th and record their mission task attempt. We will record and submit your video to the MATE center for you if you like. If you have your own method for recording that you would prefer you are welcome to use that as well. We are requiring this because it is our belief that the EXPLORER teams are an integral part of our regional. You show the SCOUT teams what they can aspire to and give inspiration to RANGER students who are graduating. Additionally we want to ensure that the PNW is represented by the best we have to offer. We do this by working closely with our teams and personally vetting their performance at our regional. As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. Good luck.


Intro Workshop Information

I am happy to announce we were able to accommodate all who applied to this years introductory workshop.  This years workshop will take place in our new Ocean Technology Center which is in the basement of the Ocean Teaching Building Please see the map below.  The entrance we will be using is on the west side of the building near the S6 parking area.  Please note you must pay to park on campus before noon at the gate, after noon parking on campus is free (if you need to move you car during lunch you can). This will be a very long, busy and intense day of learning about ROVs.  This is a very hands on workshop so be prepared to get dirty and possibly wet with salt water.  The above schedule is subject to change depending on the class. If you cannot attend this workshop for any reason please let me know as soon as possible.!/otb  Building entrance near S6

Workshop hours
  0800-0900  Introductions and NSF ITEST overview
  0900-0930  ROV Overview
  0930-1030  ROV Physics (centers of gravity, buoyancy, and thrust) and structural design
  1030-1200  ROV-in-a-bag pool testing and piloting
  1200-1300  Lunch
  1300-1600  ROV control box wiring
                   Basic electronics and soldering
                   Construction techniques
  1600-1700  How to use ROVs in the classroom, Sensor integration overview

Competition Kick Off!

It starts! Well for most of you, the build process has already started but we are officially kicking off the 2016 PNW Regional Challenge! There are a few changes to rules for our regional this year, I will pull all of that together on to a single page in the next few weeks, but keep checking here and the MATE forums for information. One major change that will affect you early is that we will no longer be using banana plugs to connect to the batteries, all teams (Scout, Navigator, Ranger and Explorer) must use Anderson Power Poles as their connection. The link will take you to a site where you can find the connections, you may find them cheaper on Amazon. There is no difference in the size of the connection for the 15, 30 and 45 amp contacts, we recommend you use the 45 amp contacts and 10 ga wire. You will still need to include a fuse rated to your class.

If you haven't already looked, all the Mission documentation has been posted. Go through these with your usual fine toothed combs. A new thing for the documentation is a revision page added to the front. Keep an eye on this as changes to the documentation do occur and we will be using the most recent version on the day of competition.

Important Dates:

January 16 - Basic Workshop - Registration coming soon
January 30 - Prop Building Morning Rules Afternoon
Late February - Scout to Navigator - Registration coming soon
Late March - Trouble Shooting Workshop - Registration coming soon
May 7 - Competition Day
Additionally, registration fees will be increaseing this year for all classes, see below.
2016 MATE ROV Competition – Registration Fees
  • EXPLORER - $250
  • RANGER - $125
  • NAVIGATOR - $25
  • SCOUT - $25

As always, ask questions early. Feel free to call or email any time!