CCC ROV Team Qualifies for International Competition

The Clatsop Community College Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) team will be heading to Long Beach, California in June to participate in the 2017 MATE international Remotely Operated Vehicle competition. CCC physics instructor, Pat Keefe, advises the student team made up of Sam Daire, Jennifer Jordan, Georges Oates Larsen, Sean Sullivan, and Haley Werst.

The CCC ROV team along with students from all over the world are tasked to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace. Their self-built robotic vehicle is tasked with the mock mission of helping the Port of Long Beach repair an underwater fountain in a water and light show.

Since qualifying for the international competition, the CCC team members are concentrating on fine-tuning the design and efficiency of the ROV they have named Lazarus, and are raising funds for materials and travel to California.


The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) center is a national partnership of organizations working to improve marine technical education and in this way help to prepare America’s future workforce for ocean occupations. The annual MATE underwater robotics competition offers students the opportunity to test their technical skills as well as develop problem-solving abilities, critical thinking and teamwork. The MATE Center 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. 

Please direct inquiries to Pat Keefe, Physics Instructor, at 503-338-2434.

Photo: LL to R) Pat Keefe, Haley Werst, Jennifer Jordan, Sean Sullivan, Sam Daire, Georges Oates Larsen


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