Student Competitions

Sea Trials of a Remotely Operated Sea Crawler & TOMCAT ROV

Students at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) tested their Remotely Operated Sea Crawler and associated TOMCAT remotely operated vehicle (ROV) off the east coast of Florida, 3 miles southeast of Ft. Pierce, this month. Remotely operated crawlers are specialized vehicles that allow for underwater intervention by staying in direct contact with the seafloor. The crawler offers a very stable platform for manipulating objects and taking measurements. At FIT a hybrid remotely operated crawler has been developed for archaeological and scientific activities within coastal regions of the ocean. Named the RG-IV, this fourth generation hybrid vehicle is currently designed to operate in depths down to 100-ft which will soon be extended to 350-ft. The vehicle is controlled by an umbilical cable from the beach or boat and is equipped with video, still cameras and robotic grippers. Capable of carrying most environmental data gathering instruments the crawler is also able to “fly” when necessary by filling flotation bladders and using its four mounted thrusters. This capability allows the vehicle to jump from one side of a shipwreck to another or to fly over sensitive regions such as reefs. The ROV-flyer piggy-backs on the ROV-crawler and can separate to become an “eye-in-the-sky” to observe from above the activities of the ROV-crawler. This year’s design effort was part of a two-year Capstone University Project sponsored by one of our MTS corporate members, HARRIS Corporation.

2014 Student Design Team: Michael Corbet, Tyler Hackett, Suzy Houser, Christy Kesselring, Pete Liljegren, Kylee McKaige and Melissa Pumphrey (MTS Student member)

Sea Trials of the Remotely Operated Sea Crawler – Deployment on June 27, 2014

Sea Trials of the Remotely Operated Sea Crawler – Deployment on June 27, 2014


Undergraduate Students evaluate their Remotely Operated Sea Crawler off the east coast of Florida

National Ocean Sciences Bowl

2018 National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Visit the website to see who won!

The Marine Technology Society is a proud associate sponsor of the National Oceans Sciences Bowl (NOSB). The NOSB provides an educational forum for high school students to excel in math and science and receive national recognition. Finalists receive free membership in MTS.

The NOSB begins with regional competitions in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Competitors form teams of four students and must answer questions both as individuals and as a team. Winners from the regional competitions gather for a national competitions.

For further information, visit, or call (202) 332-0063.

MATE International Student ROV Competition

2018 MATE International ROV Competition

MTS Members, Get Involved!

Contact Jill Zande, MATE’s ROV Competition coordinator, by e-mail or at (831) 646-3082.

The Marine Technology Society is a strong supporter of MATE, the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center. The MATE Center coordinates an international student remotely operated vehicle (ROV) competition and a network of regional ROV contests that take place across the U.S. and Canada. Student teams from middle schools, high schools, home schools, community colleges and universities participate in the events, which consist of different classes, which vary depending on the sophistication of the ROVs and the mission requirements.

MATE Regional ROV Competitions

To see the results for each regional competition, visit the Regional Competition page at the MATE site.

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