Underwater Robotics

Education   Empowerment   Economic Development

Building underwater robots exposes students to an enjoyable and engaging learning experience. MATE ROV competitions provide a unique structure and experience for students to experience real world problem based learning in a team environment. To prepare for the competition, students assume a specific role on the team – CEO, CFO, engineering lead, marketing lead, etc. Throughout the process, students develop skills in project management, technical writing, communication, teamwork, entrepreneurship and leadership.

In addition, the competition requires students to apply skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and can spark interest in practical application of these competencies.

A sophomore student notes, “I’ve never been good at math but after getting into MATE, I’m getting solid straight A’s in math. It’s now my favorite subject.” While engaging in MATE, this same student has decided to pursue a career in project management and problem solving and plans to become a naval engineer.

To date, the MATE Center and its regional partners have coordinated 16 international and 240 regional ROV competitions that have involved nearly 20,000 students in grades 4-16. The investment to start a MATE team is nominal and the return can be extraordinary.

Visit www.marinetech.org to learn more about how to get started with MATE and underwater robotics.


Education   Empowerment

The establishment of a STREAMWORKS, a strong network of coaches and a new STEM gym with practice field are making an extraordinary impact for students at Eastman’s global headquarters in East Tennessee. Since the formation of STREAMWORKS, an educational partnership powered by the Eastman Foundation, students involved in STEAM activities – specifically robotics – are noting a substantial change. For the first time, Dobyns-Bennett’s FIRST Robotics team earned a spot at the international competition and one of the local middle school teams advanced to the state tournament. STREAMWORKS supports local educational efforts in a number of ways and demonstrates that having the right resources and visionary leadership can spark change that empowers great success.

Supplies for Soldiers


Thanks to our Eastman Foundation team members and our site community partners and neighbors, we collected a record-setting 94,832 items for the 2019 Supplies for Soldiers campaign! In December, more than 1,200 care packages made their way around the globe to 105 U.S. deployed units. Each deployed unit received multiple boxes of toiletries, entertainment items such as books and playing cards, non-perishable food/drink mixes, and practical items, including batteries, note pads and much more. Each unit also received notes and letters from area students sharing their gratitude.