MATE Community News - July 2019
Greetings MATE ROV Competition Community,
As the dust settles from our 18th International Competition, we would like to share the latest about MATE with you, our community. Since 2001 we’ve operated this annual ROV competition and many regional ones as well. ln all the years we have engaged well over 15,000 students from 30 countries.
We know this experience has profound impacts, especially on the young people who gain skills and knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math. While these competencies are important preparation for their technical futures, our program, and our community, goes deeper than that. We foster teamwork, entrepreneurial skills, business acumen, and an approach to problem solving across all disciplines. At MATE II we make amazing talents emerge for innovation and inspiration.
For years this competition was funded primarily by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) as an educational opportunity; unfortunately, the last of those large grants ends this year. However, we are fortunate to have other sponsors now, including our 2019 International Competition hosts the Eastman Foundation, along with Motorola Solutions Foundation and Microsoft. We are in the process of securing two smaller NSF grants (and will continue to pursue other federal opportunities), but ultimately will need more to continue the competition and all it provides.
We, the MATE-II Board of Directors, are dedicated to continuing this program by building a financial foundation for the future. Currently we’re exploring options to operate next year’s competition so cannot presently identify a particular location or dates. We are soliciting proposals from potential host sites and will chose one that supports our goals and financial circumstances. We will share news with you about that as soon as possible.
We understand you may be interested in learning more and willing to contribute your time, talents, or treasure to the future of the MATE Competition. If so, we invite you to reach out and ask us how you might join us in this commitment. Please contact Jill Zande to open that discussion.
David A. Golden