Academy pupils to defend ROV title

Peterhead Academy's winning ROV team from last year's competitionl.
Peterhead Academy's winning ROV team from last year's competitionl.

Peterhead Academy is returning to fight it out for the winners’ title in the Scottish MATE ROV competition at Robert Gordon University (RGU) this month, after they took home the trophy last year.

The team came top in the Scottish leg of the 2015 challenge, co-ordinated and hosted by RGU, after schools from across Scotland put underwater robots they had designed and built through a series of missions and were scored by a panel of industry experts of how well they completed them.

This year will see 12 schools, including Mintlaw Academy, take part in the major STEM initiative, which aims to inspire future engineers through hands-on experience of designing remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) used underwater in the oil and gas, defence, oceanology and marine renewables industries, on Thursday, March 31.

The RGU event is one of 24 regional heats held around the world by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Centre in California and will see the winning school team travel to compete in this year’s international final which will be held at the NASA Johnson Space Centre’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas in June.

RGU engineering lecturer and competition co-ordinator, Graeme Dunbar, said: “We are very much looking forward to this year’s competition and can’t wait to see how the students have responded to the brief set out by MATE.”

Tim Smith, vice-president Communications & External Affairs for BP North Sea, said: “The competition has become a real highlight in the engineering calendar and BP is delighted to once again support RGU.”