Two teams of PTECH students competed this past weekend in the regional underwater robotics competition on Cape Cod, each bringing home an award for their performances.
The Gateway Innovations team, made up of PTECH juniors, earned the Guts and Glory Award for their “determination through adversity.” The Techy Tornadoes, consisting of freshmen and sophomores, received the Teamwork Award for demonstrating their ability to work together.
The international competition is sponsored by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, which uses underwater robots — also known as remotely operated vehicles or ROVs — to teach science, technology, engineering, and math and prepare students for technical careers.
The students had to build their own underwater ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace. In addition to engineering their ROVs, the students also have to prepare technical reports, poster displays and engineering presentations and deliver them to working professionals who serve as competition judges.
This is the third year PTECH has put forth teams to compete in the MATE ROV event.