STREAMWORKS, located at East Tennessee State University at Valleybrook in Gray, TN, is an educational organization dedicated to providing students with exciting opportunities to participate in project-based programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities. With many events on the way in 2021, STREAMWORKS is working hard to create exciting opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning. These events will give students the chance to learn, create, and compete in a safe and encouraging environment. 2021 events will feature Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competitions, Robot Drone League competitions, summer camps, and workshops.
Beginning in late January 2021, STREAMWORKS will transition into the MATE Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) season and regional events. The MATE organization provides students with the challenge of working closely with a team to build a ROV to complete real-world tasks in a competitive field of competitors. Teams compete in regional competitions in hopes to advance to the world championship. STREAMWORKS works closely with MATE to provide students with mentorship while helping to prepare them for competition. Challenges for the MATE 2021 competition are the same challenges from the 2020 competition, seeing as that one was cancelled due to COVID-19. Challenges address the real-world concern of pollution and climate change in our waters and inspire participants to come up with innovative solutions through the building and programming of a ROV. Teams must design an underwater robot to complete tasks such as surveying a coral reef, collecting a sediment sample, removing plastic debris from the water’s surface, and several more. Aside from the underwater tasks, teams must also give an engineering presentation outlining their design process to a panel of respected judges. In 2021, the Appalachian Highlands, STREAMWORKS’ regional competition will be held at the Kingsport Aquatic Center on May 1st, 2021. Details for the global competition have not been released yet. All MATE events for the 2021 season will follow one of three scenarios: in-person, virtual, or hybrid. In the early New Year of 2021, MATE will begin implementing these options, following all guidelines in regard to COVID-19.