Evaluate-Compete: Diving Deeper into Student Learning Gains in the MATE ROV Competition

Evaluate-Compete is a method that helps high school, community college, and college/university students who participate in the Marine Advanced Technology (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) competitions to identify the knowledge and skills they need to gain through this activity, to see clearly the areas where they need to improve, and to use this knowledge to their advantage as they continue their education and/or prepare to enter the workforce. Evaluate-Compete is designed to help students strengthen their metacognitive abilities by helping them gain new insights into their academic strengths and weaknesses and learning strategies, and what these insights imply for adjustments to those strategies.Evaluate-Compete also supports faculty advisors as they mentor students who are designing and building ROVs.

Evaluate-Compete builds on EvaluateUR, an evaluation method developed at SUNY Buffalo State and expanded with support from NSF DUE's WIDER program. EvaluateUR provides detailed data measuring a broad range of desirable student outcomes that include both content knowledge and "soft" skills that are critically important in the workplace. Evaluate-Compete is being developed and tested in 2021-2022. It should be available to the community participating in MATE ROV competitions starting in 2022/23.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1932929 and 1932940. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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