MATE Appalachian Highlands Regional ROV Competition

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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.

2021 MATE Appalachian Highlands Regional ROV Competition
Kingsport Aquatic Center


REGIONAL COORDINATOR

Dennis Courtney

Dennis Courtney has been very active in STEM education, especially in robotics with initiatives that span throughout the United States and Internationally. The overall goal of these initiatives is to promote workforce development in all communities, at the grassroots level. His passion for STEM education is derived from a knack of producing successful high school and college grade prospects that fulfill critical technological gaps in the 21st Century workforce along with training STEM educators. These specializations have been developed from roles that include military, aviation, recruiting, the science classroom, engineering instructor, and a robotics coaching career that when all combined have spanned over 35 years.

Prior to his teaching career, Dennis worked in the aerospace industry with both commercial and government projects as a program manager and proudly served and retired from the United States Navy as a flight engineer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle University and a Bachelors Degree of Science from SNU, Bethany, OK. He currently lives in Tennessee with his beautiful wife Wendy.