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Welcome to the 2012
Team Socastee ROV Website



Our team won the right to compete in an international underwater robotics competition in Florida by winning the 2012 MATE Carolina Regional ROV Competition at Coastal Carolina University. Our school is in Socastee, South Carolina, which is near Myrtle Beach.
The competition is sponsored by the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) and is being hosted in Orlando, Florida in June. Each year, high school students from around the world compete by building and operating underwater robots that must complete specific tasks that change from year-to-year. For 2012, tasks simulate those required by ROVs to explore deep water ship wrecks. Simulating a deep water experience, pilots are not allowed to face the pool, but have to navigate using only the instruments mounted on the robot. Our robot is constructed from PVC and powered by five propellers. It also includes a robotic arm.
Our team is: Front Row: Tim Young, Stephanie Hetzer, Rear Row: Shannon Stone (advisor), Kyle Beale, Peter Straus, Chris Hess, Christopher Weeks (advisor), Michael Katalinich (not pictured).

We want to compete in Florida on June 21-23. In order to do that, we will need to raise $3,000. The international competition includes high schools from USA, Mexico, Taiwan as well as university teams from Russia, Hong Kong, India, Iran, England and Egypt. We want to add Socastee, SC to that list.
If you can help, or would simply like more information about our project, please contact our team advisor, Christopher Weeks at: CWeeks@horrycountyschools.net

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