Dundee schools break north-east ‘stranglehold’ on finalists for subsea ‘Rovop Wars’ competition in USA

One of the Scottish school contenders for 'rovop wars'.
One of the Scottish school contenders for ‘rovop wars’.

Two Dundee schools have this year broken the ‘traditional’ stranglehold of the north east to be included in the top 10 Scottish finalists of the MATE ROV competition.

These potential engineers of the future frae Dundee’s Grove Academy and Braeview Academy go head to head today when they put underwater robots which they have designed and built to the test as part of the annual competition.

The Scottish MATE ROV competition is co-ordinated and hosted by Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University and the winner from today’s ‘rovop wars’ competition will scoop a place in the international final.

The Scottish event is one of 30 regional heats held around the world by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Centre in California, USA, and will see the winning school team travel to compete in this year’s international final which will be held in Washington DC.

This year, the pupils are responding to a task based around aircraft, earthquake and energy and will have to create an ROV which can operate in the salt and fresh water areas, such as in the Pacific Northwest.

The specific tasks for the 2018 challenge include – locating the wreckage of a vintage airplane and returning its engine to the surface; installing or recovering a seismometer; and installing a tidal turbine and instrumentation to monitor the environment.

RGU engineering lecturer and competition co-ordinator, Graeme Dunbar, said: “The experience the pupils gain from the competition is invaluable and the support from our industry mentors provides them with such great insight into engineering and general business principles.

“The MATE competition requires students to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and transform their teams into companies that manufacture, market, and sell ‘products’. 

The full list of teams taking part in today’s Scottish final comprises:

  • Alford Academy     
  • Banff Academy    
  • Cults Academy  
  • Craigmount High School, Edinburgh    
  • Grove Academy, Dundee    
  • Inverurie Academy    
  • Keith Grammar  
  • Peterhead Academy
  • Robert Gordon College
  • Braeview Academy, Dundee

25 Apr 2018

Ps As a former Grove Academy pupil, our Editor strongly admits that he is entirely biased in compiling this article

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