MATE Team Members Work Together to Address Global Environmental Challenges


This school year has presented students with opportunities across content areas to approach challenges in new and innovative ways. Together, M.A.T.E team members (Marine Advanced Technology Education) worked to develop contemporary approaches to a variety of challenges. Together members tackle logistical challenges at school and address global environmental challenges, all while working collaboratively in a hybrid setting.

During after-school meetings, the team has been working together to prepare for their Regional Competition this June. Students work on a variety of tasks in sub-teams focusing on electrical, design, programming, outreach, and marketing. MATE’s Advisor Mr. Bodmer notes that this year has presented its fair share of challenges but the students have been more than willing to join Meets and to work virtually. “The team is an extremely positive environment. It makes me happy” he says. Students certainly agree too. Kathleen Wooster, a senior, explains how the team impacted her high school years and her future career choice. “I’ve been on the team since sophomore year; I always wanted to do something that could help the environment. I’ve enjoyed the team atmosphere and I decided to study engineering in college. It’s cool to see how engineering can help to solve real-world problems”.


In addition to their planning for the upcoming competition season, team members are also working to address global environmental issues impacting our oceans and marine life. Larissa King and Kaitlyn Bodmer, both sophomores, joined the team for both practical experiences but perhaps more importantly to achieve accomplishments that will help the world. Nick Flammer, a senior,  says, “The environment needs to be fixed. It’s cool to see how computer science can help to solve these problems”. To celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, MATE’s Save Our Seas outreach team created informational videos about current ocean conservation efforts. The Save our Seas outreach team believes that if we can all make small changes to how we live then we can have a large impact on caring for our environment and oceans! 


Special thank you to Mount Olive teacher Chris Praml for helping with video production. 


For more information about the MATE team at Mount Olive High School, visit their club page here

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