The Port Townsend STEM Club started a MATE ROV team in 2014. In this competition students design a underwater robot otherwise known as an ROV to complete simulated real world tasks based on a theme. The teams also need to create a comprehensive business model based on funding their team and marketing their robot. Check out this video featuring the PT STEM Club’s team the Sea Dragons!
The Sea Dragons have achieved many accomplishments in their four years including winning their State Championships in 2019 and winning 4th and 7th at the MATE International ROV Championships in 2018 and 2019. Go Sea Dragons!
Read more about the team:
2017 “Aquatic robotics team blows competition out of the water”: https://www.ptleader.com/stories/aquatic-robotics-team-blows-competition-out-of-the-water,12194
2018 “Heading to Internationals”: https://www.ptleader.com/stories/pt-stem-sea-dragons-heading-to-internationals-june-21-23,4024
2018 Partnering with Peninsula College: https://www.ptleader.com/stories/pt-sea-dragons-peninsula-college-partner-for-international-win,837
2018 “Robotics team place 4th in competition”: https://www.ptleader.com/stories/pt-sea-dragons-place-4th-in-robotics-competition,3046
2019 Environmental Work: https://www.ptleader.com/stories/pt-sea-dragons-team-uses-robot-to-help-port-of-brownsville,60653
2019 “Compete in international championships”: https://www.ptleader.com/stories/sea-dragons-to-compete-in-international-underwater-robotics-championships,61977
2019 Peninsula Daily News coverage: https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-townsend-sea-dragons-underwater-robotics-team-headed-for-international-contest/
Awards and achievements:
2016: Rookie of the Year – Navigator Class PNW MATE ROV Competition
2017: 1st Place – Navigator Class PNW MATE ROV Competition
2018: 2nd Place Ranger Class PNW Competition, 4th Place Ranger Class International Competition, MATE Mariner Award – Ella Ashford team CEO, MVP Award – Ella Ashford team CEO.
2019: 1st Place Ranger Class PNW Competition, 7th Place Ranger Class International Competition, MVP Award Ella Ashford team CEO at International competition, President’s Environmental Youth Awards – Outstanding Achievement.
2019 Technical Documentation: https://files.materovcompetition.org/TechReportArchives/2019/PTSTEMClub_SeaDragons_TechnicalDocumentation_2019.pdf
2018 Technical Documentation: https://files.materovcompetition.org/TechReportArchives/2018/PTSTEMClub_SeaDragons_TechnicalDocumentation_2018.pdf
Marine Survey at the Port of Brownsville: