STREAMWORKS aims to develop teams, so that the impact of the MATE program can be as widespread as possible. When a school is looking to create a team, STREAMWORKS sends interns to the school to discuss MATE with them on an advanced level and help lead team development and organization. While our interns come from diverse technical backgrounds, a majority of our interns are MATE competitors themselves, whether that be at the high school or college level. This gives a sense of understanding that our interns know what it is like to be a part of a rookie team, unsure of the process of creating a functional remotely operated vehicle, or ROV.
Not only does STREAMWORKS develop teams, but we also host the annual MATE Appalachian Highlands Regional Competition. Teams in recent years have come from Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania, ranging in grades as young as second grade all the way to university. Coming from many different backgrounds, including engineering, business, marketing, computer science, and other occupations, our judges and volunteers are selected and trained to help provide the successful day of competition the students spend months preparing for. The competition piece of the MATE program is so important to the overall experience that it is imperative that STREAMWORKS continues this and is always looking for volunteers and judges.
If you would like some more information on Marine Advanced Technology Education, how to start a team, or any other questions, please contact Dennis Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org.