NEWS RELEASE: Join Us for the MATE/STEMNASIUM Circle City Regional ROV Competition

NEWS RELEASE: Join Us for the MATE/STEMNASIUM Circle City Regional ROV Competition


STEMNASIUM LEARNING Academy Students Compete in MATE/STEMNASIUM Circle City Regional ROV Competition

INDIANAPOLIS, April 19, 2019 — On Saturday, April 27, students of STEMNASIUM LEARNING Academy will compete in the MATE/STEMNASIUM Circle City Regional ROV Competition. The competition requires that students use skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to develop and prototype underwater robotic solutions to solve real-world marine technical problems. The competition will take place at Thatcher Park and Family Center at 4649 West Vermont Street in Indianapolis from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A total of 90 students from STEMNASIUM LEARNING Academy partnership programs at Phalen Leadership Academies, Global Prep Academy, Thea Bowman Leadership Academy and MEPI will be split into 12 teams as they seek to compete in this year’s Underwater ROV Competition. All of the students, ranging from second to 12th grade, were selected based on their interest in STEM as a career choice or college readiness pathway.

“By having students develop skills that lead to being able to control a physical robot like an underwater ROV and seeing what goes wrong or what goes right like when the ROV is supposed to pick up or put down an object, students learn what robots can and can’t do. They also learn the need for precise instructions. Robotics also help address the growing demand for teaching science, technology, engineering and math in schools and so by providing students with these types of experiences we are preparing these students for careers that don’t yet exist,” says Dr. Tariq Al-Nasir, Founder and CEO of STEMNASIUM LEARNING Academy.

The event will be a collaboration between the global chemical company Eastman and the MATE ROV Competition, with the goal of finding competitors that can help the company maintain freshwater resources in its home base of Tennessee. The competition aims to find the competitor with the engineering and communication level to assist in public safety, historical preservation and water health of some of Tennessee’s freshwater resources.

In Pennsylvania where the first iteration of STEMNASIUM LEARNING Academy was created, students competed in multiple local and national STEM competitions. In 2011, the STEMNASIUM team won the Against All Odds Award at Drexel University Sea Perch Competition. In 2012, the team placed third in regionals for the Spirit and Sportsmanship Award at Villanova University MATE Rover Competition and third for Vehicle Performance in the Scouts Division.

The MATE/STEMNASIUM Circle City Regional ROV Competition will be held at the Thatcher Park and Family Center at 4649 West Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222. The competition is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Doors open for registration at 7:30 a.m.


STEMNASIUM LEARNING Academy is organized with a common Vision: to change the life trajectories of underprivileged children and increase the number of students from underrepresented communities who choose STEM as a career or college readiness pathway. STEMNASIUM’s Mission is to increase literacy in math, reading and language arts and science, while showing kids how to discover and how to unlock their STEM and computer science superpowers by coding and programming mobile apps, designing and building artificially intelligent robots and piloting and testing terrestrial, submersible and aerial devices. Think of STEMNASIUM like a gymnasium. The difference is that children 3 years and older establish an early identity in STEM, preparing them for careers in STEM that don’t yet exist.

Media contact:

Obinna Morton or 678-779-9563

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