Russians Win The 9th Annual MATE International ROV Competition

The winning team from Institute for Marine Technology Problems of Vladivostok Russia looks on

Last week saw was the 9th Annual MATE International ROV competition at UH Hilo.

Here are the results:

In the Explorer (advanced level) class the 1st place winner was Institute for Marine Technology Problems of Vladivostok, Russia; 2nd place went to Long Beach City College of Long Beach, Calif.; and 3rd place went to the Marine Institute and Faculty of Engineering of Memorial University of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. In the Ranger class (intermediate level), 1st place was won by First Flight High School of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina; 2nd place went to Clarenville High School of Clarenville, Newfoundland, Canada; and 3rd place was won by Aptos High School of Aptos, Calif.

A couple of Hawaii teams won some prizes too. The Hilo High School team won the “Biggest Bang for the Buck” prize in the Ranger category, which means that they spent the least amount of money on a vehicle that performed well. The Highlands Intermediate School of Pearl City won the “Aloha Team Spirit” award for having the best overall team spirit. And finally, Erica Sampaga of Hilo School won one of three Ranger class “Engineering MVP” prizes, which as you might guess are given to students that exhibit outstanding engineering skills.

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