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MATE ROV Competition

Oceaneering were delighted to hold another open day for Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) enthusiasts and students involved in the 2016 MATE ROV Competition.

The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center is a national partnership of organisations working to improve marine technical education and in this way help to prepare America’s future workforce for ocean occupations.

With over 50 keen enthusiasts and students attending, the day kicked off with a brief welcome and presentation to Oceaneering’s facility in Aberdeen. What excites people to take part in this event is the hands on experience offered and the opportunity to pilot an ROV in test tank conditions as well as navigate through challenges on the ROV training simulator, experiences which would otherwise be limited to those already in the industry or training to become an ROV Pilot.

Peter Buchanan ROV Manager UK and Europe: "It was great to have such a good turnout despite the weather conditions trying to disrupt the days plans! The level of interest /aptitude and promise displayed by all students in attendance is extremely encouraging for the industries’ future and the development of local talent. Not only were we pleasantly surprised with the level of piloting skills on display, but also the interest shown in engineering, ROV components and technologies".

Aberdeen Sea Cadets: "First class event. The cadets had a fantastic time and got a lot out of the visit. Many thanks to all the staff for taking the time to show us around”.

Mintlaw Academy: "Great all round experience and we controlled an actual ROV! The presentation was detailed and gave us a good insight into the ROV industry”.

Oceaneering have strongly supported the MATE competition since its inception many years ago and are exceptionally proud to be associated with the competition and support its participants. It is fantastic to see such an interest in the ROV industry.

And the Winner is...

Mintlaw Academy has come out on top in an annual competition which sees pupils from across Scotland put underwater robots they have designed and built to the test.

Mintlaw Academy ROV 2016The Scottish leg of the MATE ROV challenge, co-ordinated and hosted by Robert Gordon University (RGU), saw 11 schools put underwater robots they have designed and built to the test on Thursday, March 31 at RGU’s Sir Ian Wood Building.

The Mintlaw team emerged victorious, after a panel of industry experts scored the teams on how well they completed the missions, as well as taking into consideration the technical reports, poster displays, and engineering presentations the pupils were required to produce. It is the third time the school has won the competition.

Robert Gordon’s College placed second, with Banff Academy in third, while Keith Grammar School took the technical prize. Portlethen Academy was awarded the Encouragement for Future Development award and Craigmount High School, from Edinburgh, picked up the teamwork award.

full story [source: RGU]

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Winner of the Team Work Award

Winner of the Encouragement for future development Award

Winner of the Technical/ Safety Award

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