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Introductory MATE Workshop

Introductory MATE Educator Workshop


This workshop will focus on the introductory SCOUT competition level. Participants in this workshop will assemble the SeaMATE Store PufferFish kit of parts and a frame for an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

Event Price: $350
Event Dates: January 20th - 21st, 2022
Introductory MATE Workshop

Introductory MATE Educator Workshop


This workshop will focus on the introductory SCOUT competition level. Participants in this workshop will assemble the SeaMATE Store PufferFish kit of parts and a frame for an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

Event Price: $350
Event Dates: February 10th - 11th, 2022
Annual RDL Challenge

2021 Annual RDL Challenge


Build a robot and program a drone to explore a NASA themed STEM Mission to Saturn’s moon Titan on the 2021 RDL Challenge Field “DragonFly”
Event Price: $395.00 without kit, $1,495.00 that includes the RDL Rookie Kit of Parts
Event Dates: 2021 Season Kickoff – September 4th, 10 AM EST – Live from STREAMWORKS STUDIOS
Virginia Regional: December 4th at Riverview Middle School, Grundy, VA
RDL DragonFly Championship: POSTPONED to March 12th, 2022 at East Tennessee State University's Center for Physical Activity, Johnson City, TN
Time: 9 AM – 4 PM (lunch is included)

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$395 - $1495

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.

In the summer of 2021, STREAMWORKS will host summer camps. These summer camps are offered in a variety of locations, including Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama. STREAMWORKS summer camps are designed to teach students all the fundamental STEM skills necessary for robotics and technology. Students are led by the STREAMWORKS staff in designing and creating robots similar to those used for MATE and RDL competitions. Engaging activities designed to help students understand core concepts in coding and engineering will allow participants to build and improve STEM skills. Students will be able to ask questions and receive feedback from the experienced staff, as well as learn from other campers through teamwork. In the summer camps, students will be challenged to come up with creative and innovative solutions to problems, pushing them to not only build skills in STEM, but expand problem-solving and critical thinking skills. STREAMWORKS summer camps will likely be held in a hybrid format, with more details to come. All CDC guidelines will be followed during STREAMWORKS summer camps. Exact locations and dates will be announced and available online soon.

Also happening in the summer of 2021, STREAMWORKS is partnering with East Tennessee State University and The University of Virginia at Wise to conduct workshops for educators. In these workshops, educators will learn the “how” behind STEM extra-curricular activities and robotics. Participants will be led by the STREAMWORKS staff through several hands-on activities relating to science, technology, and robotics. The skills learned in these workshops will equip educators to instruct students, allowing for advancements in STEM education in local school systems. More details regarding the times and dates of the workshops will be coming soon.
Following the summer events, STREAMWORKS will begin preparing for and hosting the 2021 Robot Drone League (RDL) season. RDL is a STREAMWORKS initiative in which teams of students are challenged with building a robot and programming a drone to collaboratively complete tasks. RDL emphasizes the importance of engineering and programming, as well as encourages teamwork. RDL aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to ensure that students are applying what is learned in the classroom. The 2021 RDL Challenge, Dragonfly, (previously the 2020 challenge) is inspired by NASA’s future mission to launch a specialized rotorcraft, named the Dragonfly, to explore Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Teams competing in the RDL Dragonfly Challenge are assigned the mission to step into the future role of NASA scientists to monitor seismic activity, help study the great methane lakes, and collect HydroPods, NitroPods, and CarbonPods to bring back to a lab for molecular assembly. To do this, teams will need to use the robot to insert a seismometer into a mountain, implement image recognition to determine minerals, and collect important elements native to Titan. Teams will also need to use a drone to deploy an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) into the methane lake, Lake Photon, as well as drop a satellite antenna onto a target, and activate an accompanying beacon. On top of this, teams must also race to answer various STEM questions. Teams compete to rack up as many points as possible in a 10-minute match. The RDL season will run from September 2021 to January 2022. Regional events for teams in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Alabama will be held for teams to compete. Details for these events will be updated on the STREAMWORKS website.

STREAMWORKS is excited for a full year of events aimed at developing STEM skills and knowledge within the community. STREAMWORKS events will be held in accordance with all CDC guidelines concerning COVID-19. Information regarding all upcoming events will be posted and updated on the STREAMWORKS website,
If interested in any of the upcoming events, please contact the Executive Director of STREAMWORKS, Dennis Courtney. He can be reached at