MATE Robotics Fundraiser

Don't Forget to Join Us This Evening for Family Night at Fun Center Putt-Putt & Help the R'Matey's Get to Internationals in Tacoma, Washington!

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To Our Good Friends,

Marine Advanced Technology in Education (MATE) is an underwater robotics program that uses remotely operated vehicles to engage students in STEM and expose them to careers in science and technology. D-B EXCEL’s MATE Team is the first underwater robotics team in Tennessee and consist of sixteen students or “entrepreneurs” who design and build an underwater ROV to navigate a series of mission-specific and scenario-based tasks. To learn more about MATE, please visit the following address: https://www.marinetech.org/rov-competition-2/

We, the D-B EXCEL MATE Underwater Robotics Team, the R-Mateys, have recently had the good fortune of winning the regional competition, and have qualified for the 2018 International Competition - Jet City: Airplanes, Earthquakes, and Energy, which highlights the role that ROVs play in supporting underwater archaeology, seismology, and renewable energy activities in open waters. The 17th annual MATE international ROV competition will take place June 21-23, 2018 at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, WA, USA, with the awards ceremony taking place at the Hotel Murano in nearby Tacoma.

While we are excited to represent the Southeastern region, we need your support to help in covering some of the trip’s cost. With Seattle being over 2,500 miles away, the team will be flying into the city on June 19th and departing the 24th. The seven day adventure will be full of maintenance checks, competition preliminaries, and underwater obstacles for Archi, our remotely operated vehicle. In order for this trip to take place the team is going to have to raise over $12,000 dollars, currently we have raised $6,110 dollars and are hosting a couple of fundraising events - listed below. If you would like to support the R-Mateys in our transcontinental trip to assert our continued dominance within the ROV arena, please contribute to any or all of the following fundraisers:

Family Night at Putt-Putt Fun Center:

  • Location: 346 W. Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN

  • May 24th ( 6 - 8 pm)

  • Ticket Information/Cost: $6/person

  • “Hole” Sponsorships - $100/hole

  • Concessions will be available

*All proceeds (including $3/person) will go to the D-B EXCEL

MATE Team to help with travel/expenses to Washington

STREAMWORKS’ Destination STEM Station:

  • Location: 252 Broad St. (the corner of Broad and Center St.) Kingsport, TN.

  • Cost: $25/child for 3 hours of fun-filled STEM activities.

  • May 25th (6 - 9 pm) June 8th (6 - 9 pm)

*40% of each ticket purchased will go to the D-B EXCEL

MATE Team to help with travel/expenses to Washington

Sponsor a Student for the Trip:

  • Estimated cost per student for flight, hotel and daily expenses is $1,000.00.

  • Student sponsors will be featured on the R-Matey’s shirts and marketing display.

*Please Make all Checks Payable to D-B EXCEL Underwater Robotics


The R’Matey’s

Miss A


DBE MATE Underwater Robotics Putt-Putt Fundraiser

Thursday, May 24th, 6-8pm

346 West Stone Drive

Kingsport, TN

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