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Excite Students with Marine Technology!

2016 Great Lakes Regional MATE ROV Competition will be held on Saturday, May 21st, at Alpena High School & the Alpena County Plaza Pool.  Good luck to the 27 participating student teams! Public is welcome and encouraged to attend this event (no charge).

For all the competition details head over to the REGIONAL competition webpage here:

Building ROVs with students is a great way to introduce marine technology career paths to students. Are you an educator interested in putting together a student team to participate in this regional competition?  Check our calendar for upcoming ROV program opportunities at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena, or go to: for a list of upcoming student or teacher ROV workshops.

Already planning a visit to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena?  Consider adding an “ROV-in-a-Bag” program to your visit!

For more information please contact 

What ELSE can I do with my robot?  How about exploring your local watershed?  See what some students in northeast Michigan are up to with their robots here:


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