Event Date: April 24-26, 2020
Event Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Bishop State

Dear Northern Gulf Regional ROV Competition participants,

All MATE ROV competitions, including the 8th annual Northern Gulf Coast Regional at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, have been canceled at the direction of the MATE parent organization.  We are disappointed that the student teams will not get the chance to demonstrate their creativity and skills and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment seeing their ROV perform in the water. We regret that our team of educators, judges, and volunteers will not have the opportunity to see the amazing designs teams have built, witness teams rising to the challenges of the pool missions and working as a team and enjoy the opportunity to meet, chat with and learn from all of our participants.  We hope that your community rebounds quickly from the COVID situation and that we have the opportunity to see you and your ROV at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab at the 2021 competition!

Tina Miller-Way, PhD
Chair, Discovery Hall Programs for Education & Outreach
Dauphin Island Sea Lab


Discovery Hall Programs hosts the annual Northern Gulf Coast regional competition for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) program.

In this competition, teams of middle and high school students, facilitated by their teachers/mentors, design, build and pilot their own unique ROV before coming to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to compete against student teams from across the Gulf coast in a series of science-based missions.

The 2020 Regional includes SCOUT, NAVIGATOR and RANGER ROV class competitions. The competition consists of two mission attempts, a marketing display poster, and an oral presentation. The competition is held over 3-days beginning on Friday with safety inspections and a career panel discussion, followed by pool demonstrations (Saturday) and engineering design presentations and award ceremony (Sunday). 

For information and videos of previous competitions, click here.