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


Alex Galassini

Alex has been helping run the Shedd Aquarium - Midwest MATE Regional event for three years now. His favorite part is seeing all of the hard work and creativity that goes into building all of the robots, and the teamwork necessary to accomplish such complicated tasks. Hoping to make the 2020 competition the best one yet!

Katie Rouse

I have been a classroom teacher for the last 7 years. I recently have transitioned into informal education as a Learning Specialist at Shedd Aquarium and am incredibly excited to be a part of our ROV competition team.

Marsha Sisney

Inspired by the beauty of the sea and strong desire to protect marine life, I obtained a Master of Zoology degree from Miami University in December 2018. My area of concentration included inquiry-based learning practices with an emphasis on exploring and assessing the effects of human activities on aquatic ecosystems. One of the greatest highlights throughout grad school was publishing an article titled, “Incidence of black band disease, brown band disease, and white syndrome in branching corals on the Great Barrier Reef” in the Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science Journal. In my role as a Learning Specialist, I strive to foster safe learning environments where students acquire an improved sense of well-being and develop an intense desire to learn more about the natural wonders of our world. With great passion, I aim to deliver programs that embrace Shedd’s mission to “spark compassion, curiosity, and conservation for the aquatic animal world”.