Agua Caliente's S.T.E.A.M. Club competed in Tucson's first MATE underwater robotics competition on Saturday, April 15th at University of Arizona's Recreation Center. The team consisted of 14 students from 4th-6th grade. They researched, designed, and built a R.O.V. (remote operated vehicle) from scratch. In other words, they built a robot that can swim!
The MATE competition requires students to think of themselves as “entrepreneurs” and transform their teams into companies that manufacture, market, and sell “products.” In addition to engineering their ROVs and piloting an underwater competition course, the students are required to prepare technical reports, poster displays, and engineering presentations that are delivered to working professionals who serve as competition judges.
ACES's company Project T.I.D.A.L. competed against 18 other teams, most of whom were in high school. They worked hard and displayed outstanding teamwork, earning them the top prize - they tied for first!
The team was sponsored by Arizona Optical Systems and mentored by a team of their engineers.
Article and photos submitted by Barbara Drummond, STEAM Club Coach