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Underwater Robot Competition Draws Global Competitors

High school and university teams hailing from 16 states and 18 countries competed June 28 in the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition at Michigan’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, according to the Washington Post. Teams were judged on the design, construction and performance of their underwater robots.

Teams had to identify a simulated shipwreck, collect microbial samples from a sinkhole, inventory invasive species and remove trash in the freshwater sanctuary’s large tanks. Jesuit High School from Carmichael, Calif. took first place in the advanced category, according to the Post. Find out more about registration for future competitions. The video above is from the 2013 competition held in Washington state.