General Information

There are 3 levels of competition:

Scout -    Upper Elementary Schools
Ranger -  Middle-school & High Schools
Explorer - Universities & Colleges (Exception to High Schools per MATE's approval)

* Open to Home schools, Public charter schools, Clubs etc. - email event coordinator if not sure about your team's eligibility to participate

   Scout
  • Teams are required to have a minimum of 3 students and 1 adult adviser/mentor.
  • The role of the team mentor or adult adviser must be limited to educational and
    inspirational support. Actual construction of the vehicle, particularly in the complex electrical
    and mechanical areas, must be completed by the students.
  • Vehicle can be constructed of non-hazardous materials and void of sharp edges
  • Limited to 12 Volts DC - 15 Amps to run motors, actuators, cameras (Opt), etc.
  • 1 or 2 (not sure yet) attempts at scoring on mission tasks
  • Poster display showing project documentation and team work (bonus points)
  • Awards for top 3 highest team scores (teams do not advance to other competitions)
   Ranger/Explorer
  • Teams are required to have a minimum of 3 students and 1 adult adviser/mentor.
  • The role of the team mentor or adult adviser must be limited to educational and inspirational support. Actual construction of the vehicle, particularly in the complex electrical and software areas, must be completed by the students.
  • Team members and adviser/mentors are required to register on the MATE site here in order to participate.
  • Vehicles can be constructed of non-hazardous materials and use of pneumatics/hydraulic systems are allowed per complying with MATE's specifications.
  • Limited to 12 Volts DC - 25 Amps (48 Volts - 40 Amps - Explorer class)
  • Every year the MATE staff designs new mission tasks.  The following is a list of aspects of the scoring for the competition:
    1. Underwater mission tasks - 2 - 15 Minute trials to score as many points possible (300 pts.)
    2. Technical Report  - Up to 20 pages of project documentation, budget, schematic etc. (80 pts.)
    3. Engineering Presentation - Oral report to judges in regards to your ROV project (80 pts.)
    4. Poster Display - Graphical display of your project on a 3' x 4' free-standing board (40 pts.)
  • Note: The mission tasks for the Explorer class is more difficult.  The BIRR will ONLY have demonstrations for Explorer.  Competition in a regional is not required to go to the international.
  • If 10 or more schools have entered a regional competition - the top 2 highest scoring teams are eligible to compete in the MATE International competition hosted, this year, in Houston, TX at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab.  If less than 10 teams participate only 1 will move onto the international.
  • Explorer teams (1 per university department) are eligible to participate in the international providing they demonstrate a few requirements as specified by MATE.
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