Highlights from BIRR CompetitionsFor more information regarding this event and workshops
-Darryl Watanabe email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 974-4208
Click on the link below to watch a video of the 2011 BIRR
Hawaii 24/7 - Baron Sekiya - Underwater Robotics Competition
Remotely Operated Vehicles - These vehicles are operated by pilots via a tether to their control panel. The pilots maneuver their custom designed and fabricated ROV to achieve their mission requirements. Students strategically mount underwater cameras onto their vehicle as their only means of visual contact of seeing their objectives.
Each year MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Center specifies a mission based on a real-life situation or research program. This year the competition theme is centered around the offshore gas and oil industry. Mission props are constructed to simulate certain objectives and the teams battle against time in scoring points by trying to accomplish as many objectives as possible. Teams are also scored on a oral engineering evaluation, poster presentation and a detailed technical documentation.
Schools and universities from around the world will be converging at,Orlando, Florida to compete in this coming year's event. The final date is yet to be determined, usually around mid June. For more information visit the MATE ROV Competition site.
• Increase the awareness and visibility of marine technical fields, educational
and career opportunities, and potential employers.
• Help students develop the skills necessary to enter careers in technical
fields. These skills include the ability to work as a team, problem solve, think
critically, troubleshoot, communicate effectively, and manage projects.
• Connect students and educators with employers and working professionals.
Working professionals have the opportunity to share their knowledge and
experience as team mentors, complementing what students are learning in
the classroom. Employers have the opportunity to evaluate students as
potential employees. Students have the opportunity to explore potential
• Increase students understanding of undersea world and the role that ROVs
play in exploration and underwater technology.