The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center coordinates an international student underwater robotics competition every year. Regional qualifier competitions are held all over the world. Our team competes in the Big Island Regional ROV Competition.

Student teams from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, home schools, community colleges, and universities all come together to compete. Also, community organizations take part in this competition. There are three different “classes” in this competition; each having different mission and build requirements.


In this presentation, the judges assess the team’s knowledge of their Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), what they learned from the competition, and how well the team handled adversity. The competition exposes students to ocean-related careers and connects them with employers and professionals from workplaces. The missions vary year to year.

Students from Kealakehe High School enjoy participating in these events. Both equally challenging and entertaining, our Tiki Techs truly love this experience and are always excited to participate in each year’s competition.


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