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MATE ROV Competitors Use Their Engineering Expertise to Create Low-cost Ventilators (external link)

The COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly disrupted formal education for millions of students, including many who participate in the MATE ROV competitions. Grant Kahl and Eric Love are two former members of Kepler Enterprises who stayed connected with their MATE ROV competition teammates when they were forced to return home from college. All 10 members of Kepler Enterprises got together to create a self-directed project-based learning experience that no instructor or classroom could replicate. 

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Mirza Samnani and Gollar Working to Defeat COVID-19 One Patient at a Time (external link)

A big part of career satisfaction is being passionate about the job you do on a daily basis. But when you combine your professional skills with a cause that you care about deeply, and the chance to serve your country, you can bring that passion to a whole new level.

Meet Mirza Samnani [MATE ROV Competition Alumni] and his robot “Gollar”. 23 years old Mirza lives in Mumbai, India, and he is passionate about building robots. He owns a company (Ignite research labs), which has won seven awards in just three years of existence. Mirza, a Mechatronics engineer, has built Lunar and Mars Rovers, underwater ROVs, and much more to conduct world-class research for space and underwater sciences in his young career. 

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Pooling Young Talent for Underwater Robotic Contest (external link)

Sun's out, sky's clear, and it's finally swim time on South Whidbey after a long, cold spring. 

But at Thursday's backyard pool gathering of some two dozen kids and teens with the Atlantis STEAM club, no one gets wet. 

Only their underwater inventions known as ROVs, or romotely operated vehicles, take a splash into the blue pool. 

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Oh, the places they'll go!  Students from Michigan and American Samoa bond over robotics

PVC for the frame. Bilge pump motors for the thrusters. Simple switches as controls. And about a full day to build. These are the components that the Stockbridge High School InvenTeam uses to create the ideal remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Recently, these students traveled 7,000 miles away from home to National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa to engage in outreach at local Samoan high schools. While there, they also helped sanctuary staff conduct research using their ROVs.

Stockbridge, Michigan, is a small town in the middle of the state’s “mitten,” with a population of about 1,200. There is no ocean in sight, but Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary – the only United States freshwater marine sanctuary – is located close by at Lake Huron. The lake is the perfect inspiration for underwater exploration. Since 2010, the Stockbridge High School underwater robotics team has been building ROVs under the supervision of their teacher Bob Richards. Their ROVs are tethered underwater vehicles controlled from the surface that can be outfitted with camera systems, water quality monitoring systems, and a variety of other equipment used to study the underwater environment.

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