Eight months of hard work and training paid off when teams from St. Francis de Sales School swept first, second and third place at the Texas Regional MATE Competition held at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab at NASA on May 7, 2016.
MATE stands for Marine Advanced Technology Education. Students design, build and test ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) to perform task underwater. The mission tasks simulate the tasks ROVs perform on the bottom of the Earth’s ocean or will be performing in the future in the icy waters of Jupiter’s moon Europa.
With forty five students in grades five through eight participating in MATE program, St. Francis de Sales School entered five teams into the competition. Team Operation Icy Waters took first place in the Scout class, followed by Team Out of the Blue in second and Team Hydra Heroes in third place. Team Aquanauts placed fifth.
In the Ranger class, team Sub Zero competed against twenty mostly high school teams and came in fourth place.
This is the third year St. Francis de Sales School is involved in MATE. With the support of mentors and sponsors, St. Francis de Sales students use science, technology, engineering and math to solve real life problems.