The journey to the United States was an eye-opening experience for all the team members who have dedicated their free time in the past year in building the Fronteer, our newest ROV created in 2019. After 3 years, we have made it to the MATE ROV World Championship which was held in Kingsport, Tennessee, United States during 20-22 June, and got to witness the world largest ROV competition and meet other students who are also working towards the same goal.
Every single ups and downs during the trip was what made this trip fruitful, for example stuck in the airport due to cancelled flight, luggage delay, testing our robot in the hotel bath tub as we didn’t get any chance to test it in the pool, working overnight to refine our robot and presentation preparation, the nerves during the mission-run and presentation and the relief after all the competition has ended. It was also very inspiring to see some crazy ideas from other teams coming to real life like using VR to pilot the robot.
Luckily all things came together at the end of the day, Fronteer was working pretty well and swam like a beast while completed the tasks with ease. Our team ranked the 5th among 25 teams. It would not be possible without all member’s effort and of course our Fronteer. Meeting all the other student’s work and having such performance was certainly a motivation for us to work harder to achieve more.>
Followed by the regional, we have the IEEE OES MATE HK ROV Challenge 2019, co-organized by the IEEE OES CityU and PolyU Student Chapter on 5 May 2019 in Nord Anglia International School. The competition provides MATE classes to cater primary and secondary school students. We hope to inspire and cultivate more youngsters to the field of robotics through robots building, teamwork and fun battle. A big shout-out to NAIS, Campfire, IKEA HK, SuperPark HK, Deep Blue Laboratory, BrainSTEM and MIT Innovation Node for their generous support in the competition!
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ROV season has approached, and we ranked 3rd place in the regional this year. Our robot Fronteer, is designed to be lightweight, compact in size and equipped with different functions to satisfy real-life needs. Being able to advance to the international round in Kingsport, USA, meaning that we will have a busy and tight schedule ahead of us. We can’t wait to bring Fronteer to USA and compete against other underwater robotics enthusiast from around the world. Stay tuned for more details on our journey to USA!
This year, we sent 2 teams to the SAUVC, Pioneer, consisting old member and Juneer, consisting new members. We have a good time during the competition, the vibe and the people were great, you can feel the passion from the atmosphere, their work and through communicating with them. Although we did not make it into the top three, overall it was a good experience for both of the team.
During the competition, a technical presentation was conducted, where we can briefly introduce features of our robot. That was a precious experience that we can have a face-to-face conversation with industry professionals, hearing us and giving us feedback. At the end, Pioneer was given the Most Innovative Award. Having this recognition on what we have been putting our effort on was such a motivation to pursue more.