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
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
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
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.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further enquiries.
The Ranger class contest in Hong Kong will only be running TWO out of the THREE missions as described by MATE. We will NOT be running the Offshore Oil Field Production and Maintenance mission. We will only be running Science under the ice, and Subsea pipeline inspection and repair.
The Explorer class contest will run all three missions.
Notes for teams taking part in the Hong Kong Contest
a) Ranger and Explorer class teams will need to complete all parts
of the communications submissions as outlined in the MATE mission
documents. We will be needing a report, to be emailed to the judges
ten days before the contest - details will follow later. Also there
will be a technical evaluation. We will also require a poster. This
will follow MATE guidelines as to size, but will be stuck on a wall,
not be free standing. This will also be judged.
b) Scout teams will need to give us an individual team member self
evaluation. We will circulate the template for this at a later date.
Scout teams do not need to do a technical report, poster or
c) Ranger and Explorer will follow MATE rules on safety to the
letter. All ROVs will need to pass a safety check before they can
enter the pool, even for testing. The safety regulations are on the
MATE web site. We will remind teams of these requirements closer to
the contest date; but please ensure that you take these safety
guidelines into account when designing your robot, as modifications
on the day may not be enough. We will prepare separate guidelines
d) The Scout missions and requirements are different to the MATE
ones. This information will be circulated to all Scout and Ranger
e) As this contest will be taking place in a public swimming pool
please do not count on having any secure overnight storage.
f) We will be working with a local hotel to see if we can get good
room rates for the contest. More information later for the overseas
g) If support letters are required for visa applications please let
me know as soon as possible so we can get them to you in time.
h) All teams registered with the Hong Kong Regional MUST also register with MATE as well. Please do this at http://www.marinetech.org/all-events-registration