[ DIVERSITY DRIVES INNOVATION ]
NCAT is dedicated to removing barriers to underserved populations and providing access for all to diversify the pipeline of the nation's autonomous technology workforce. NCAT's approach to removing barriers to underserved populations is based on existing partnerships created with Tribal Serving Colleges, rural and urban schools throughout the nation.
NCAT leaders draw on their extensive experience developing replicable instructional models and utilize best practices to recruit underrepresented populations and support their entry to the STEM field.
From DRONETECH summer camps, where attendees get hands-on experience in the maintenance and operation of a drone, to VEX camps where students work in teams to build and program robots for the competition field to MATE camps, where students focus on designing and building ROVs, NCAT supports and provides students with the opportunities to engage in STEM activities across air, land and sea.
Student Competitions inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply STEM to solve problems and strengthen critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship and innovation. NCAT supports and provides students with the opportunities to engage in STEM activities across air, land and sea.
AIR | The REC Foundation Aerial Drones (RAD) is perfect for after-school or weekend events offering middle school and high school students an opportunity to get hands-on experience in STEM education in the form of an affordable, fast-paced game. Students learn to safely operate a drone, work as a team, and research workforce applications of aerial robotic technology and compete against other regional, state, and national teams.
LAND | VEX is the largest and fastest growing Elementary, Middle and High School robotics program offering students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Beyond science and engineering principles, VEX projects encourage teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills.
SEA | The MATE ROV Competition challenges students from across the U.S. and the world to engineer Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to complete a set of mission tasks based on real-world, workplace scenarios. Students transform their teams into start-up companies that in addition to their underwater robot, prepare technician reports, create marketing displays and deliver engineering presentations. Each spring, more than 7,000 students participate in one of 41 regional events across the U.S. and around the world feeding into the World Championship tournament in June.