Underwater Robotics

 Olive Grove Charter School Underwater Robotics Team



Why We Are Doing It…

Presently, and in the future, major scientific challenges such as global climate change, habitat loss, collapsing fisheries, increased energy usage, and other societal problems must be addressed locally, nationally, and internationally. At the same time, in Santa Barbara county and the nation as well, the youth are falling further and further behind their global peers in science and math, resulting in the threat that fewer local youth with be prepared for careers that will address these problems in the future. Many current science curriculums use a cookbook approach that fails to address problem-solving skills to real-world problems. The Olive Grove Robotics program provides local youth with an innovative hands-on science program that focuses on rigorous scientific endeavors and inspires students to pursue scientific and engineering fields. It also engages students in an engineering project that allows students to apply physics principles such as hydrodynamics, buoyancy, pressure, electrical conductivity, and power efficiency while teaching them to develop team building skills while brainstorming ideas and design concepts. Overall, the students will have a hands-on learning experience while increasing their awareness of marine technical fields and expand their career opportunities.

What We Are Doing…

We will design and build a robot capable of competing in the MATE competition. The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition is an annual Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) competition. Teams from middle schools, high schools, community colleges, and universities participate in the international student ROV competition coordinated by the MATE Center. Each year MATE determines new tasks the ROV must perform. These tasks are usually a simulation of what an actual ROV must complete. For example, in 2009, the tasks were related to the rescue and recovery of a sunken submarine. This simulated the saving of the Russian AS-28 submarine and its crew in 2005.


How You Can Help…

To compete in this annual competition, the robotics team needs to procure funds to purchase supplies, tools, and equipment to build an advanced underwater robot. In addition, funds are necessary to pay registration and travel expenses to compete at the competition in Aptos, California. Since our club has been so recently established, we are starting with no supplies and no funds. The Olive Grove Underwater Robotics Team will rely solely on donations from sponsors. All sponsors will be recognized on our website, at the MATE competition, on team shirts and the robot itself.

Sponsorship Tiers…

All sponsors will be recognized on our website and at regional and national competitions. Each sponsor is requested to provide a digital graphic of their logo to be posted next to their name on our sponsor page, on team shirts and the robot. 

  • Lifetime  $10,000 or more
  • Platinum $5,000 - $9,999
  • Gold   $2,500 - $4,999
  • Silver  $1,000 - $2,499
  • Bronze  $1 - $999


Contact Us

Olive Grove Charter School

Contact Person: Larry Madrigal

5075 South Bradley Rd, Suite 234, Orcutt, CA 93455

(805) 623-1111



Thank you to the following sponsors:




Community Robotics Learning Foundation


Rochelle Fontes, Kry and Sam Chapin, Robin Jones Allen, Ron and Patti Whitney, Joshua Ferejian, Ethan Ferejian, Rusti and Ara Ferejian, Mike Fair, Jennifer Cloud, Larry Madrigal, Dan Mudge, Mark Hanlon, Kristan Morrison and Dawn Wilson. We appreciate your help.  🙂


Read more about us in our Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record articles.  



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