STREAMWORKS works to develop teams so that the impact of the MATE program can be as widespread as possible. Interns from STREAMWORKS attend community outreach events where they go to schools to discuss with local communities the process and benefits of the MATE program. This creates interest which leads to the creation of a team. When a school is looking to create a team, STREAMWORKS sends interns to the school to discuss MATE with them on a further 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 to create a functional remotely operated vehicle.
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, and North Carolina. Ranging in grades as young as second grade all the way to university. With both diverse competitor and judge pools, a very unique crowd attend. 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 the Marine Advanced Technology Education, how to start a team, or any other questions, please contact Dennis Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org.