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Great Lakes Regional

The MATE ROV Competition Great Lakes Regional is designated for SCOUT, NAVIGATOR, and RANGER class competition, hosted at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena, and serves as the regional hub for team development in Michigan. Registration opens February 1, 2024!

2024 Regional Date: May 11, 2024

Location: Alpena, Michigan


Regional Host Organization: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary 

Need help registering? Let us guide you through the registration process. Step-by-step tutorials are available here. 

Daniel Circle

Regional Coordinator

Daniel Moffatt | email

Daniel Moffatt is employed through the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation as the Stewardship and Education Specialist for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, MI. He has been working in youth development since 2008 as a trip leader engaging students in outdoor experiences in backpacking, canoeing, spelunking, and white water rafting. In his second AmeriCorps year of service, he joined the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative as Education Coordinator in 2012 and led K-12 classrooms in place-based stewardship education projects within their communities. Now in his role in Thunder Bay, Daniel still enjoys witnessing student discovery and wonder as they explore new places and projects in the natural world.

Andrew Augustyn Circle

Regional Coordinator

Andrew Augustyn | email

Andrew Augustyn is the Visitor Experience Manager for the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He is a 2014 graduate from Alpena Community College, having earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Marine Technology. After graduation, Andrew accepted an internship aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer before pursuing a career as a ROV Pilot/Technician with Oceaneering International. Andrew is a former participant of the MATE ROV Competition, having competed in the Explorer Class during the 2014 International Competition. He enjoys working with student groups to teach them principles of working with ROVs and has a passion for anything in the “marine technology” world.