Underwater Robotics Program

Dive deep into underwater robotics at Shedd Aquarium! A suite of programs introduces teachers and students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles through the development and application of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to investigate aquatic environments. The Underwater Robotics Club provides educators with the knowledge, materials (an ROV kit worth of $1,000) and support to run their own after-school robotics clubs. The program ends with a fun-filled poolside event for teachers and students to test their ROVs. Then, Shedd holds the annual Midwest Regional Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) ROV Competition, open to all underwater robotics clubs. For more information about the competition, please visit www.marinetech.org.

The Underwater Robotics Club is generously funded by the Motorola Foundation.


Our 2014-2015 club application is now closed. Please check back for a link to register for the Shedd Midwest Regional MATE ROV Competition. Also, check back in August for our 2015-2016 club application.

Age and Requirements

Teachers, scout leaders, homeschool leaders, etc. Students must be currently in grades 6 through 12.

Program Dates

Underwater Robotics Teacher Trainings: Oct. 18, 2014 and Jan. 17, 2015

ROV Club Event: March 28, 2015

Shedd Midwest Regional MATE ROV Competition: April 25, 2015

Program Cost



Program includes an ROV kit with supplies and tools worth an estimated $1,000, ROV curricula, teacher/club leader training, club support and the club event (including bus, t-shirts and lunch).



I feel like I know now what to expect for college when I try to be an engineer.

- Junior from Westinghouse College Prep

What past participants say

This experience was wonderful! My students got so much out of it. Thank you for all the PDs with the Shedd and the resources provided.

- Middle school club leader


I can't wait until my younger children are old enough to be involved.

- Parent of an elementary school ROV club member