Oregon students from twenty schools (elementary through community college) competed in Lincoln City on April 29 in the Oregon Regional MATE ROV competition, coordinated by Oregon Sea Grant. MATE is an underwater robotics contest that tests engineering and problem-solving skills and aims to prepare students for technical careers.
The event is one of about 30 regional contests around the world that are coordinated by the California-based Marine Advanced Technology Center (MATE). Top teams from Oregon qualify to compete in the International MATE ROV Competition, which will be held June 23-25 in Long Beach, Calif. For the second year in a row, Newport High School Finnovators won the title and will advance on to International. The NHS club is entirely volunteer, with students doing all the fundraising, design, and build with the help of volunteer mentors.
These kids work hard - together, they have logged in over 800 hours of their extra-curricular time, giving back to the community during workshops and school events, as well. They sincerely appreciate your support!