2016 MATE Workshops

The MATE Center is taking applications for our 2016 workshops!

The goal of MATE’s ROV (remotely operated vehicle) Summer Institutes are to use underwater robots as a way to empower faculty to teach students the practical applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and, in this way, prepare students for careers in the STEM workforce.

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1. Online Workshop: Diving into underwater Sensors and Arduino

DATES:  April 1 – July 15, 2016

LOCATION: Online, Internet connection required.

DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to the Arduino microcontroller, computer processing, and basic sensors used in the underwater environment. This course consists of 12 modules that are each approximately three hours in length. The modules include videos, lab activities, and quizzes. A discussion board is used to address questions and share participant comments. This course is self-paced; participants can work through one module per week or work through all of the modules one week.  Click here to view the course outline.

COST: $450.00. Included in the price of the course is an Arduino, all the sensors needed for the modules, a Arduino resource book and instruction.  Participants will need to provide their own soldering iron, solder, wire strippers and wire cutters.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Educators who have experience building simple switch box ROV controllers or educators who have a background teaching robotics, electronics, physics, or a related discipline.

APPLICATION: Click here to fill out an Application. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Participants will be notified of their acceptance within two weeks of submitting the application. If you are having trouble filling out the application form, fill out the contact form and tell us “I’m Having trouble filling out the Sensor Workshop application” and we will help you.

2. PUFFERFISH ROV WORKSHOP: INTRODUCTORY LEVEL

DATES: July 10 – July 17, 2016.  Sunday, July 10 is an arrival day – no class; Sunday, July 17 is a departure day – no class. There will be an optional trip to the aquarium on July 17.  Participants must stay for the entire workshop.

LOCATION: Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California

DESCRIPTION: This workshop introduces participants to the SeaMATE PufferFish ROV. A key outcome of this workshop is focused on how to teach the engineering design process. Participants learn the fundamentals of basic ROV building and experience a variety of hands-on science, technology, and engineering design activities that can be integrated into a class or after school activity to reinforce foundational knowledge and skills.  Upon completion of the workshop, all participants should feel confident to lead an engineering design activity focused on ROV building using the PufferFish ROV Kit or comparable parts and components.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Educators who have had introductory exposure to ROV activities and have a background teaching science, technology, engineering, or math.  Activities presented in this workshop are appropriate for students in 5-10th grade or within an afterschool club or activity.  All faculty attending should have concrete plans to implement these activities in the following academic year.  If you are new to ROV building and unable to commit to implementing this activities during the next academic year, we recommend that you attend one of our regional short workshops (3 hours to 2 days).  Please click here to fill out an Application. please complete the contact form and ask for information on a workshop near you.

COST: The MATE Center’s grant from the National Science Foundation provides 7 nights lodging (double occupancy) and many of the meals (~$1,200 value) plus excellent instruction.  Travel stipends to cover major travel expenses are available to participants who have more than $300 in travel expenses.  It is expected that participants will implement these activities into their courses, clubs, or afterschool activities in the following year.  To ensure participant success, there is a $700 materials fee for this workshop.  For this fee, participants return to their school or organization with a deluxe tool bag, two PufferFish ROV kits, and an underwater video system.

APPLICATION: Applications will be posted by January 15, 2016.

Applications will be due April 1st for early screening, after that we will accept applications until the workshop is full. We plan to notify participants of their acceptance by mid-April. If you are having trouble filling out the application form, fill out the contact form and tell us “I’m having trouble filling out the PufferFish ROV Workshop application” and we will help you.

3. TRIGGERFISH ROV WORKSHOP: INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Upgrading the TriggerFish Control System to work with Arduino

DATES: July 24 – July 31, 2016.   Sunday, July 24 is an arrival day and Sunday, July 31 is a departure day.  An optional trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium will be schedule for July 31st.  Participants are required to stay for the entire workshop.

LOCATION: Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California

DESCRIPTION:  This workshop introduces participants to the SeaMATE TriggerFish ROV control system and the art of accomplishing both bi-directional motor speed control using the Sabertooth motor controller, joysticks and the Arduino microcontroller. Participants are required to enroll in and complete a 30-hour online course on using the Arduino (see workshop description #1 above) before participating in the TriggerFish ROV institute.

Additional information:

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Educators who have experience building simple switch box ROV controllers or the TriggerFish Controller or faculty who have a background teaching robotics, electronics, physics, or a related discipline.  All faculty attending should have concrete plans to implement these activities in the following academic year.  If you are new to ROV building, we recommend that you attend one of our regional short workshops (3 hours to 2 days); please complete the contact form and ask for information on a workshop near you.

COST: The MATE Center’s grant from the National Science Foundation provides 7 nights lodging (double occupancy) and most of the meals (~$1,200 value) plus excellent instruction. Transportation to and from Monterey is the responsibility of the participant (stipends are available for participants who have more than $400 of transportation expenses and work with under-served audiences).  It is expected that participants will implement these activities into their courses, clubs, or after school activities in the following year.  To ensure participant success, there is a $750 materials fee. For this fee, participants return to their school or organization with a TriggerFish ROV Kit, an Arduino add-on kit, and an underwater video system.

APPLICATION:  Applications will be due April 1st for early screening, after that we will accept applications until the workshop is full. We plan to notify participants of their acceptance early April. Click here to fill out an Application.  If you are having trouble filling out the application form, fill out the contact form and tell us “I’m having trouble filling out the TriggerFish ROV Workshop application” and we will help you.

 

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