(April 23, 2017) --
(April 23, 2017) -- The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Discovery Hall Programs wrapped up its 5th Annual ROV Comptition Sunday afternoon with the awards ceremony. The competition is a part of the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) network of 30 regional competitions held across the United States and around the world.
Teams completed missions relating to this year's theme of Port Cities of the Future. Students designed and tested their ROV to accomplish various underwater tasks similar to real-world tasks an ROV would perform in a seaport. Missions included assisting with a hyperloop system to streamline commerce delivery, conduct maintenance on an entertainment water and light show, and locate and identify lost cargo containers.
In addition to the ROV missions, students prepared an engineering presentation to deliver to a panel of judges and their peers as well as design a poster about their ROV 'company'.
For the second year in a row, the Lost Rockets from Limestone County Career Tech in Athens, Alabama took first place in the Ranger class and earned an opportunity to compete at the MATE International Competition being held in Long Beach, California this year. Spark Industry Robotics from Sparkman High School in Harvest, Alabama placed second in the Ranger class with R-Cubed from Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida rounding out the top three.
In the Navigator class competition, Fairview High School's Aggies Inc. from Cullman, Alabama placed first. Cottonwood High School Ursa Apex Robotics from Cottonwood, Alabama placed second, and SeaCubeCucumbers from Surfside Middle School Underwater Robotics in Panama City Beach, Florida placed third.
The Scout class competition top three were, respectively, Wicksburg Shoreline Protection from Wicksburg High School in Newton, Alabama, Subaqueanus Periculum from Poplar Bluff Junior High in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and Humuhumunukunukuapua 4-H team from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The Buoyancy award went to Sparkman Industry Robotics for rising to the top when faced with adversity.
Underwatwer Port Systems from Donnie Bickham Middle School received the Tethered Together team for their exceptional teamwork when faced with trouble.
Dr. Tina Miller-Way, Discovery Hall Programs Chair, and Rachel McDonald, the ROV Competition Coordinator, are proud of all the teams participating in the 2017 NOrthern Gulf Coast Regional ROV Competition. The event continues to grow with 23 teams from five states participating this year.
To learn more about the ROV programs offered by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Discovery Hall Programs visit disl.org/dhp/rov-programs/.
To learn more about MATE, visit marinetech.org.