MATE American Samoa Regional ROV Competition


Get ready for the coolest competition of the year:  area students from local teams flying hand-built, remote controlled robots through a challenging series of precision maneuvers - all in under 15 minutes - underwater.  This year, the competition is challenging students to tackle problems that impact the entire world. Plastics clogging our rivers, lakes, waterways, and ocean, from the surface to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Climate change raising ocean temperatures, affecting the health of coral reefs. Contaminants in our waterways. You can find these scenarios from Pennsylvania to Portugal, Florida to Australia, the Western Pacific to the Mid-Atlantic, and Indianapolis to Indonesia.

2022 MATE American Samoa Regional ROV Competition


Isabel Gaoteote

Isabel (Gaoteote) Halatuituia is the Education Coordinator/IT Specialist for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), contracted by Cardinal Point Captains Inc. She worked for the American Samoa Department of Education's Special Education division, as a teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and Individualized Education Program for 9 years before working for Sanctuaries. She has always been very passionate about teaching and continues to be involved in various professional development and educational opportunities.

Dr. Joserose S. Jyothibhavan

Dr. Joserose S. Jyothibhavan is the science/health coordinator for the American Samoa Department of Education. He has been teaching at different public high schools in American Samoa for 16 years. He received his Ph.D. in Entomology from Bhopal University, India. He did his Postdoctoral studies in Banaras Hindu University, one of Asia’s biggest residential Universities with a National Fellowship to study on Insecticide Resistance Management in Agricultural Pests. He also worked as an Assistant professor in University of Kerala, India.

He was the Territorial Teacher of the year 2007. He loves mentoring students and teaching science. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the American Samoa Community College.