MATE Shedd Aquarium - Midwest 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.

2021 MATE Shedd Aquarium - Midwest Regional ROV Competition
Hoffman Estates High School


Wayne Oras, Amber Dellacqua, and Vanessa Huerta

We have been involved with the MATE ROV competition since the 2014-2015 school year and have been fortunate to attend the World Championships in 2015 and 2019. With the global COVID-19 crisis having shut down the Shedd Aquarium program for the 2021 season, we'll be acting as hosts and coordinators to make sure the competition happens in a safe way.

Wayne Oras has been a teacher of Applied Technology at Hoffman Estates High School since 2003.
Amber Dellacqua is a student at the Ohio State University studying Mechanical Engineering and is a member of their AUV team.
Vanessa Huerta is currently enrolled in the engineering program at Hoffman Estates High School and is a third-year alumni of the Hoffman Estates ROV team.