ROV winners announced

ALPENA – The 2014 Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International Remotely Operated Vehicle Competition came to a close Saturday night, with teams from all over the world packing up their robots and gear to head home. The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary hosted 59 teams that participated in mission tasks such as identifying a simulated shipwreck, collecting samples, inventorying invasive species and removing trash. In addition, teams had to prepare an engineering report, make a presentation to judges and create a poster display, all to be judged and tallied into their final score.

Each team is evaluated on design, construction and performance of its ROV, communication, and development of the vehicle.

First place in the Explorer class went to Jesuit High School or Carmichael, Calif., second place to Bauman Moscow State University of Moscow, Russia, and third place to Far Eastern Federal University of Vladivostok, Russia.

Bauman Moscow State University also took home the top technical report award, and Jesuit High School took home the top poster display award. The top engineering evaluation went to Linn Benton Community College of Albany, Ore.

In the Ranger class, first place and the top mission score were awarded to Clarenville High School of Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, second place went to Cornerstone Academy of Gainesville, Fla., and third place went to Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School of New Bedford, Mass.

Cornerstone Academy also took home the top score for their technical report.

Top poster display went to Carrollton High School of Carrollton, Ga., and top engineering evaluation went to Taipei American School of Taipei, Taiwan.

The Alpena team, Underwater Research Robot (UR2) earned the Spirit Award, and placed in the top ten of the competition.

The MATE Center and the Marine Technology Society’s ROV Committee organize the competition, and are supported by the MTS ROV Committee, the National Science Foundation, Oceaneering International, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other science-related organizations. For more information on the competition or about MATE, visit www.marinetech.org.

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at ngrulke@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.