Our team won the right
to compete in an international underwater robotics competition in
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
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
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:
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