MATE Bermuda 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 Bermuda Regional ROV Competition


Kaitlin Noyes

As Director of Education and Community Engagement, Kaitlin designs and implements strategic, public-facing ocean science education programming for BIOS. She works across disciplinary silos to cultivate and maintain relationships with schools, professional associations and non-profit organizations locally and internationally.

As part of BIOS’s local educational mission, Kaitlin directs Ocean Academy, BIOS’s suite of five education programs, Kaitlin works to connect community assets to the BIOS campus by cultivating authentic relationships. Kaitlin envisions what the Academy can achieve and works to ensure that the highest standards of education are met. Ocean Academy programs encourage Bermudian students aged 8 to 22 and educators across the island to draw on the natural environment and the world-class scientific research conducted at BIOS. Kaitlin makes certain that BIOS provides comprehensive inclusive and innovative education programs that inspire, empower and support students as they strive toward careers in the sciences.

Kaitlin holds a BSc. (Hons) in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University (’06) and a Master’s degree in conservation biology from Columbia University. She is currently enrolled in the Nonprofit Management certificate at Oregon State University College of Business.

Susie Hill

Susie is serving as the Robotics Education Specialist for the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) where she is assisting Kaitlin with coordinating the 2021 Bermuda Regional ROV Competition.

In addition to serving with BIOS for the Spring Challenge, she has served for over 20 years as an Education Specialist/Special Programs Manager for Nauticus, a maritime and marine science museum in Norfolk, Virginia. She coordinates and leads STEAM focused programming for museum guests of all ages.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Oceanography from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.