- Where do we start?
One of the best ways to get started is to attend a workshop or competition event. There is also the possibility of checking out “loaner” ROV kits from your regional coordinator or purchasing a set of materials for constructing a basic (or more advanced) ROV from the MATE Center. MATE’s online curriculum and Underwater Robotics: Science, Design & Fabrication textbook are also great resources to get you started.
Contact your regional coordinator or the MATE Center. Both can point you in the right direction, depending on your needs!
- What class do we enter?
The SCOUT class is most appropriate for:
- Upper elementary schools with robotics experience
- Middle schools
- High schools new to robotics
SCOUT teams participate in regional events ONLY.
The RANGER class is most appropriate for:
- Middle schools with robotics experience
- High schools
- Community colleges and universities new to robotics
RANGER teams participate in regional events, with the top 1-2 teams advancing to the international competition.
The EXPLORER class is most appropriate for:
- High schools that have previously participated in a MATE competition
- Community colleges and universities
EXPLORER teams must demonstrate their vehicle at a regional event or via video submitted to MATE headquarters before advancing to the international competition.
For more information about the competition classes, including details on eligibility and the EXPLORER class demonstration requirement, visit the GENERAL INFORMATION document.
- How much does it cost to register?
The registration fee for the RANGER class is $75 and EXPLORER class is $100. Some regionals waive this fee, so contact your regional coordinator for more information. The SCOUT class is free.
- How do we register?