Atlantis ROV Team

Summary


Atlantis ROV Team is a high-school underwater robotics team from Whidbey Island, Washington, United States competing in the MATE International ROV Competition. They are the 2013 Pacific Northwest Champions and are ranked 11th internationally.[1]

Atlantis ROV Team was founded in September 2010 by a homeschool parent and consisted of five middle-school team members. They went on to place 4th overall in the 2011 MATE Pacific Northwest Regional Challenge.[2]

In May 2012, the team competed again in the MATE Pacific Northwest Regional Challenge[3] and placed 8th overall.[4] They also won the Best Poster award.[5] Due to the success of Atlantis ROV Team's poster, their Communications Director (and designer of the winning poster) was recruited by a Hawaiian high-school underwater robotics team and competed at Internationals in the summer of 2012.[6] Her poster placed 2nd at tie-break.

In May 2013, Atlantis ROV Team won the MATE Pacific Northwest Regional Challenge,[7][8] becoming the 2nd Whidbey Island underwater robotics team ever to do so. In early June 2013, they hosted two Signature Events for the Seattle Science Festival,[9][10][11][12] which allowed youth and adults to gain hands-on practical experience building ROVs and to learn more about the principles and science behind such technology.

At the 12th annual MATE International ROV Competition, Atlantis ROV Team competed against teams from Scotland, Macau, Singapore, Canada, the United States, Egypt, and Hong Kong. They placed 11th overall under the school sponsorship of Columbia Virtual Academy, 7th in the Technical Paper division, and 3rd in the Poster division.[13]

In November 2013, they were issued an honorary proclamation by the Island County Commissioners[14] to acknowledge and congratulate them due to their achievements.

References

  1. ^ "12th Annual MATE International Ranger Class Final Scores" (PDF). Marine Advanced Technology Education Website. Marine Advanced Technology Education. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  2. ^ "South Whidbey ROV team takes fourth at regionals". South Whidbey Record. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Underwater on a Mission with ROVbotnica". Cole-Parmer Blog. Cole-Parmer. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Atlantis Rising: Blown fuse bursts South End robotics team's chances at international contest". South Whidbey Record. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Atlantis Rising: Blown fuse bursts South End robotics team's chances at international contest". Whidbey Record. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  6. ^ "South Whidbey robotics team member heads to Florida". Whidbey Record. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Whidbey underwater robotics team advances". Everett Herald. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Domo arigato, Mr. Underwater Roboto". Whidbey New-Times. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Intro to Underwater Robotics: Build & Fly a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Event". King5 News. King5 News. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Intro to Underwater Robotics Event". The Charlotte Observer. June 2013. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Introduction to Underwater Robotics Event". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. June 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  12. ^ "The Seattle Science Festival's Official Twitter". Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Final Ranger Scores of the 2013 MATE International ROV Competition" (PDF). marinetech.org. MATE Center. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Whidbey Island robotics team places eleventh internationally". Whidbey News-Times. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.