MATE California - Monterey Bay 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 California - Monterey Bay Regional ROV Competition
Watsonville High School
April 23, 2022


Matt Gardner

Matt’s ROV career actually got started as a participant in the MATE ROV competition. He built his first underwater robot in 2001, as part of the Introduction to Submersibles class at Monterey Peninsula College. In 2003 and 2004, he was captain of his college’s teams that participated in the MATE international ROV contest, winning the Sharkpedo award for design innovation both years. After two fun and successful years as team captain, Matt asked the MATE ROV Competition if he could help. Soon thereafter he found himself the Competition Technical Manager, helping to design and build the product demonstration tasks. And in 2017, Matt became the regional coordinator for the Northern California - Monterey Bay regional