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Underwater Robotics Club Formation

posted Feb 6, 2015, 8:11 AM by Stephen Schmidt
There has been considerable interest expressed by students and parents to start an area engineering/science club focused on Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)--specifically underwater ROVs.

To meet that interest, there will be a formation meeting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 17th in room 192 in the Main Building on the UWMC campus.  

Note:  Students must be accompanied by a parent or other adult to attend this meeting.  Please do not simply drop students off.

The main purpose of the meeting will be to determine if there are enough students and parents who could commit to regular meetings during the school year to form a club.  The club could include upper elementary (grades 4-5) through high school aged students.  Elementary students must have more than a passing interest in RC vehicles to participate.  We would likely split into 2-3 age groups depending on numbers.

If we determine that there is enough committed interest, the next step would be to form a non-profit organization to make it official. If you have experience in this arena, please step forward:)

If we move to start a club, we will likely enter one or more teams into the Wisconsin MATE ROV competition on Sunday, April 19th.  The(se) team(s) would be considered a coop or regional team and could be comprised of students from private, public, or home schools.  I have attached the mission for the Wisconsin competition.  Note there are 2 competition classes at the WI Regional.  Scout is usually considered middle school while Ranger is high-school.

Please also take some time to check out the M.A.T.E. website and Wisconsin regional MATE website also, at: www.marinetech.org      http://wisconsin.marinetech2.org/

PLEASE pass this on to any families with students or individuals who may be interested in supporting an underwater robotics club.  We will be looking for support in the form of participation, engineering and design skills, computer programming, mentoring, loan of equipment, and of course, funding.

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