OES Electronic Newsletter Volume 3, Number 6, February 21, 2006

2006 MATE ROV Competitions: Challenging Teams to Design & Build Vehicles for the Next Generation of Ocean Observing Systems

The National Science Foundation's Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center and the Marine Technology Society's (MTS) ROV Committee are pleased to announce their:

5th Annual International Student ROV Competition

June 23 - 25, 2006
NASA Johnson Space Center
Sonny Carter Training Facility Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory Houston, Texas

Teaming up with the National Office for Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observations ("Ocean.US") and the Ocean Research Interactive Observatory Networks (ORION) Program, the 2006 competition is highlighting the new and dynamic world of ocean observing systems and the careers, organizations, and technologies associated with ocean observatories.

Student teams from middle schools, high schools, home schools, community colleges, and universities across the U.S. and Canada are designing and building vehicles to take part in the competition's EXPLORER and RANGER class divisions. Mission tasks include deploying and networking instruments for power and communications and recovering equipment for maintenance and repair.

In addition to the international competition, 13 regional contests are taking place across the U.S. and Canada. Please see www.marinetech.org/rov_competition/index.php for a listing of regional events, including location and date. The top winning team from each regional event will move on to the international competition's RANGER class.

For more information, visit www.marinetech.org/rov_competition/2006/international_comp_2006.php or contact Jill Zande at jzande@marientech.org or (831) 646-3082. We look forward to seeing you there!


Jill Zande
Outreach Director & ROV Competition Coordinator
Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center
Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA 93940
ph (831) 646-3082
fax (831) 646-3080
e-mail jzande@marinetech.org
web site www.marinetech.org

For information on other OES activities, go to http://www.oceanicengineering.org

Send comments regarding this newsletter to the editor, Dr. Diane DiMassa, ddimassa@ieee.org