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.

National Student Steel Bridge Competition Winners

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The University of Akron played host to the 2014 National Student Steel Bridge Competition on May 23 and 24, bringing teams not only from around the US, but Mexico and Canada, to conceive of, design, fabricate, build, and test steel structures that meet certain standards, and perform the best for the lowest cost. The competition is jointly organized by the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the University of Akron’s civil engineering department.

A student team from the University of California, Davis took first prize, followed by MIT in second place and University of California, Berkeley in third. To be eligible for the annual competition, competitors must be ASCE members attending their designated ASCE student conference. the 2015 competition will also be held in May. The competition website lists more information on bridge requirements, contacts, and how to register.