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Students from Warrenton Grade School (Water Warriors) and Middle School (Water Whisperers) won first and second place, respectively, in the novice level Scout class of the Marine Advanced Technology Education — Remotely Operated Vehicles (MATE ROV) regional underwater robotics competition, held April 28 in Lincoln City.
The teams were two of 40 from Oregon and Southern Washington that participated. Students from elementary school through high school demonstrated devices they built for the competition, which aims to prepare students for careers involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Teams were tasked with building an underwater robot that could locate and retrieve the hypothetical wreckage of a downed airplane, deploy hypothetical equipment to monitor earthquakes and install simulated renewable energy devices. Students also formed mock companies, gave presentations and created plans to manufacture, market and sell their devices.
The competition, coordinated by Oregon Sea Grant and sponsored by the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, was divided into several categories based on skill and grade level, and was one of 31 regional contests held around the world that are supported by the California-based Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center.
A video of the 2017 competition is at bit.ly/2rsZvDd
Warrenton students score big in underwater robotics contest