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ATE's Marine Advanced Technology Education Center

A student in a Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) program

A college student intern participating in a Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) program repairs a marine sensor at sea.

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Supported by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education program, MATE provides students with work experience and helps them develop workforce-ready attitudes through its underwater robotics (remotely operated vehicle or ROV) competitions, at-sea internship program, and SeaMATE, a social enterprise that puts community college students to work manufacturing ROV kits for K-12 schools. MATE’s ROV competitions use underwater robots as a platform to engage students in STEM and demonstrate how these disciplines are applied in the real world.

You can read more about MATE in the publication ATE Centers IMPACT: Partners with Industry for a new American Workforce. (Date image taken: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Sept. 2, 2017)

Credit: ATE Centers Impact 2016-2017 (

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