The S&T Underwater Robotics Team competes in the annual Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (MATE ROV) competition. We build a robot to navigate through an underwater course that simulates solving problems commonly found in port cities. This international competition hosts teams from K-12, Collegiate and Professional, and includes a presentation component that pushes the team to act like a company presenting to a marketing board.
Take a look here for more information about the competition: https://materovcompetition.org/
Real Life Applications
There are many dangerous situations where using human divers is less than optimal. In those situations, underwater robots like ours are used instead! Here are a few examples:
- Researching delicate coral reefs
- Checking infrastructure
- Collecting data all year
- Exploring places deeper than humans can reach
- Hull inspections for ships
- And many more!
There are tons of uses for underwater robots, and you can explore many of them with the Underwater Robotics Team!