From the city of Alexandria, working so hard to achieve their dreams and raise their country’s name up high; a group of brilliant enthusiastic teenagers aged between 13 and 16 years old decided to express their talents and potential in one of the most rare and complicated fields of science and technology which is robotics engineering under the professional supervision of a specialized training center.
Two teams are formed by those teenagers, Alpha & Beta, to participate in the qualifying competitions and are aiming to represent Egypt in the MATE International ROV Competition organized by the MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Center which uses underwater robots – also known as remotely operated vehicles or ROVs – to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and prepare students for technical careers. Working in partnership with the Marine Technology Society ROV Committee, MATE created the ROV competition as a way to engage students in STEM and expose them to science and technology careers, encourage students to develop and apply technical, teamwork, and problem solving skills and to provide funds, materials, and technical expertise to support student learning provide industry with skilled individuals who can fill workforce needs.
The competition challenges community college, and university students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace. The competition’s class structure of beginner, intermediate, and advanced complements the education pipeline by providing students with the opportunity to build upon their skills – and the application of those skills – as they engineer increasingly more complex ROVs for increasingly more complex mission tasks.
The MATE competition requires students to think of themselves as “entrepreneurs” and transform their teams into companies that manufacture, market, and sell “products.” In addition to engineering their ROVs, the students are required to prepare technical reports, poster displays, and engineering presentations that are delivered to working professionals who serve as competition judges.
“During the course of construction, the team worked together creatively and efficiently to produce an ROV that can complete the designated tasks of this year’s International ROV Competition” One of the team members stated. the two teams, Alpha & Beta discovered ways to solve their problems, better their ROVs, and learn through their mistakes. it took over a period of 9 months to complete the mission specifications of the 2013 Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition. their ROVs are designed to perform, and complete this year’s tasks with precision and flexibility.
The team members also stated: “During the building and testing process of our team’s ROV, we learned a lot about underwater physics. Our team based our design upon neutral buoyancy. Although this became an additional challenge, our team gained more knowledge of physics underwater while trying to overcome this challenge. As we made several attempts to modify, adjust and test our ROV, we observed how changes in design changed the performance of our ROV. As we tested the ROV more, we began to interpret our observations and begin to see how the physics that affected our ROV worked”.
“One key example was our observations during testing our ROV controls. When attempting to aim for the target, we saw how long it took for the ROV to execute a maneuver and how long it took to stop.”
Both teams are targeting to increase publicity in the community as a lot of people in Egypt still don’t know what an ROV is. Next year, they will have a campaign early in the year to acknowledge citizens with the competition.
Working as a part of a team made them learn and understand decision making and how would it affect the rest of the team. Presentation skills were gained as we progressed through practice and teamwork as we made ourselves better together. “We were strangers to each other at first but united under our passion for innovation, we worked with new acquaintances easily which shortly became not only friends but a family. Th
Alpha and Beta teams are supervised and instructed by 3 engineers that are acting as their mentors which are Eng. Hany George, Eng. Mahmoud ElSaid & Eng. Ashraf AbdelAziz who also are the founders of Integrate training center which hosts and develops those young minds.rough group cohesiveness, a group’s members can gain a sense of belonging, respect and trust, which really boosted our progress dramatically”.
Both teams are competing starting today till Sunday May 5th, 2013 in the qualifying competition that is held in the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport campus in Abou Qir and they can use all the support and encouragement that could be offered, we wish them great luck Below are the names of contestants and the formation of both teams:
Ahmed Hamdy, Grade 11 student. 16 years in Alexandria Language School (ALS).
Noran Salem, Grade 10 student. 15 years in ALexandria House of English (HOE).
Rana Hanno, Grade 9 student. 14 years in ALexandria House of English (HOE).
Mahmoud Zahran, Grade 8 student. 13 years in Egypt Modern School (EMS).
Mark Moheb, Grade 11 student. 16 years in ALexandria House of English (HOE).
Omar El-Etr, Grade 10 student. 15 years in Alexandria Language School (ALS)
Sarah Zahran, Grade 9 student. 15 years in Egypt Modern School (EMS).
Hossam Hanno, Grade 8 student. 13 years in ALexandria House of English (HOE).