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About The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center

The MATE Center at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) in Monterey, California, was established with funding from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program in 1997. MATE is a national network of community colleges, high schools, universities, research institutions, marine industries, professional societies and professionals working together to improve marine technical education and, in this way, better prepare America's future workforce for ocean occupations.

The MATE Center conducts research on current and emerging workforce trends to provide to students with up-to-date information on educational opportunities, and supply educators with information and resources to make their programs relevant to workforce needs. In addition, MATE develops multi-disciplinary, technology-based educational programs that emphasize collaborative learning experiences, including:

  • Underwater robotics (ROV) competitions. Organized in partnership with the Marine Technology Society (MTS) ROV Committee, MATE's ROV competitions give student teams from all over the world the opportunity to design, build, and compete with ROVs. Since it began in 2001, the annual international competition and the regional contests that feed it—now numbering 20 and growing—have hosted more than 9,000 students in grades 5-16.
  • ROV-in-a-Bag outreach program. Also in partnership with the MTS ROV Committee, MATE builds and disseminates ROV-in-a-Bag outreach kits that make it easy for teachers to assemble and use ROVs in school programs.
  • At-sea technical internship program. To help students get on-the-job experience. Interns work with marine technicians aboard sea-going research vessels and have the opportunity to work with advanced marine technology such as ROVs.
  • Summer institutes for faculty. MATE's annual summer institutes help teachers develop and deliver interdisciplinary, technology-rich learning experiences. Topics have included ROVs marine technology, careers, GIS, and remote sensing.
  • Through its ocean workforce website, MATE provides extensive information on careers and the workforce and connects students, educators, and industry mentors.