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Information on the MATE International ROV Competition

 Manuals for the 2014 Workshops

Basic ROV
Introductory Powerpoint
Wiring and parts

Advanced Workshop
Advanced Electronics
The IET/MATE Hong Kong Underwater Robot Challenge 2015

10th Hong Kong/Asia Regional of the MATE  International ROV Competition

Dates: 18-19 April 2015

Venue: Tsueng Kwan O Swimming Pool

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada 25 - 27 June 2015

The  Marine Advanced  Technology  Education (MATE)  Centre  (located  in  California,  USA),  in association  with the  Marine Technology Society's  ROV Committee,  has  been  organising  the International Remote Operated Vehicle Contest  for the past twelve years.  This is aimed at school, college and university  students. The winners in Hong Kong will go to the International Finals in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada in June 2014. Some sponsorship is available to assist winning Hong Kong Ranger teams in going to the International Contest.

Once again The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Hong Kong (IET HK) is the organiser of the Hong Kong Regional Contest. IET HK is the largest overseas branch of the UK's largest professional engineering institution, and also the world's largest professional engineer awarding body. The Contest is co-organised with HKUST.

This year we will again also invite teams from around Asia to take part on the final contest day so that they can qualify for the MATE International Contest in the Canada in June 2015.

In addition to being fun and educational, these competitions connect  students  and  educators with professionals from marine industries, and those involved with marine conservation, as well as  to promote the development of technical, problem  solving,  critical thinking, and teamwork skills.

Schools teams in Hong Kong and Macau are invited to take part in workshops where they will be given an ROV kit, shown how to design and construct it, and which can then be used as the basis for the contest ROV. We will also run a number of advanced workshops for those teams interested in sensors, electronics and control of ROVs, as well as project and mission planning.

This year there will be a  registration fee following MATE Centre guidelines. This will be HK$500 and will be collected at registration. This year we have sponsorship from IET to allow one Ranger or Explorer team from each school to attend the workshops free of charge. The ROV workshops and the advanced electronics workshops are not  compulsory as in previous years, although teams new to the contest are highly recommended to join one. The briefing session is free to all schools interested in learning more about the competition.

So far nearly 80 schools have taken part in the event in Hong Kong, with nearly 500 schools taking part each year around the world.

In 2015 we will not only be running the Explorer and Ranger class mission, but also Scout. Scout registration is open until the end of March. Explorer and Ranger till the end of January for Hong Kong and Macau teams, end of February for teams from outside Hong Kong and Macau. Note: The Scout contest in Hong Kong is different from the MATE Scout contest.

The HKUST Robotics Team offers a HKUST ROV Mentoring Scheme to one or two Hong Kong high school students to work with HKUST ROV team to provide them a long term learning platform and to nurture their interest in science and technology. For details, please click here and you may also contact for further enquiries. 

We have winners

Video of the 2013 Hong Kong contest

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Video of the 2012 Hong Kong contest
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