MARINE hosts an annual Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Challenge offering students the opportunity to design their own ROVs, and then deploy their self-built ROVs in underwater missions alongside their peers. Possible missions include documenting a local seamount, measuring lionfish populations, or recording temperature data during hurricane season. The MARINE ROV Challenge incorporates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM topics), all of which play an integral role in providing young people with the skills necessary to succeed professionally in a wide range of careers, and to be informed citizens in a complex and rapidly advancing society.
Registration opened on November 8, 2019 with priority for middle school team participation in the popular ROV Challenge, hosted by Mid-Atlantic Robotics IN Education (MARINE). Senior school and P5 and P6 teachers are encouraged to apply; teams will be admitted based on availability. In 2015, MARINE became a regional partner of the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, which challenges students to apply physics, math, electronics, and engineering lessons to the marine environment.
Bermuda’s school students will compete at the Beginner, Scout and Navigator classes. The challenge theme is, "Excite, Educate, Empower: Students engineering solutions to global problems.” Each middle school will be able to submit 2 Beginner, 1 Scout and 1 Navigator team with a maximum of 6 students per team on competition day. Kits will be provided to Beginner level only.
As a precautionary measure, due to the global threat of COVID-19, the 2020 MATE Bermuda Regional ROV Challenge has been postponed to March 13, 2021. Teams may continue to work on their current ROVs for the upcoming Challenge. The theme for 2021 will remain “Excite, Educate, Empower: Students engineering solutions to global problems.” BIOS will be touching base with team mentors in September 2020 for updated team registration. If you need assistance please contact Kaitlin Noyes.
MARINE is generously supported by lead donor RenaissanceRe, with additional support from BAC Group of Companies and others.