MATE Oregon 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 Oregon Regional ROV Competition
Lincoln City Community Center


REGIONAL COORDINATION TEAM

Tracy Crews

Tracy Crews oversees Oregon Sea Grant’s precollege programs at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center, including hands-on field and lab programs, homeschool and career day events, and summer day camps. Tracy also leads experiences for students on oceanographic research vessels, coordinates the MATE Oregon Regional Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Competition, and leads teacher professional development workshops focusing on ocean sciences and marine engineering. She holds a bachelor's degree in marine biology, a master's degree in marine science, and has worked in fisheries research, resource management, and education for over 20 years.

Cait Goodwin

Cait Goodwin is a member of the Sea Grant marine education team at the Hatfield Marine Science Center's Visitor Center in Newport. She is the creator and coordinator of the popular Oregon Coast Quests program, runs marine science-focused teacher professional-development workshops, supports student STEM events, and also handles communication efforts for the Oregon Coast STEM Hub.