About Us

The MATE ROV Competition uses remotely operated vehicles (a.k.a. underwater robots) to inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to solve real-world problems and strengthen their critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation.


The MATE ROV Competition challenges students from across the U.S. and around the world to engineer ROVs to complete a set of mission tasks based on real-world, workplace scenarios. The competition emphasizes and inspires a mindset of entrepreneurship and innovation by requiring students to transform their teams into “start-up” companies that respond to an RFP. In addition to their robots, the student teams also prepare technical reports, create a marketing (poster) display, and deliver engineering presentations.

The MATE ROV Competition is an outcome of the National Science Foundation's funding of the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California. The competition was created in partnership with the Marine Technology Society's ROV Committee as a way to prepare students for STEM careers and increase their awareness of the marine industry. MATE Inspiration for Innovation (MATE II) is a non-profit educational organization tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) that was inspired by the MATE Center. MATE II's hard-working Board of Directors is tasked with administering and sustaining the competition well into the future.

Below are just a few of the people who help make this competition possible. You can learn more about our global network of regional coordinators here. Not shown are the hundreds of others that dedicate their time and expertise to help us make a world class competition happen.