Milwaukee Media Advisory, March 1, 2010

Attention: News. Assignment and Photo Editors

Contact: Caroline Joyce,, 414-227-3365; or Cathy Prescher,, 414-227-3143

Seven metro area high school teams compete in underwater robot competition

Who: Metro area high school students with a strong interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will compete in the first annual Remotely Operated Vehicle competition in Wisconsin. Teams matched with water sector mentors follow: Dream Chasers of Milwaukee County and AO Smith; Inland Seas High School of Milwaukee and the UWM Great Lakes WATER Institute; Waterford Union High School of Waukesha County and Brown & Caldwell; Lakeview High School of Kenosha and the U.S. Coast Guard; Prairie High School of Racine and KOT Environmental Consulting; Ozaukee High School and ITT; and West Bend High School of Washington County and Astronautics.

What: Seven high school teams, each representing a key county in southeastern Wisconsin, are comprised of four to eight students, a coach and a water-sector business mentor. Wisconsin’s champion will go on to compete against other ROV champions in the 2010 MATE International ROV Competition at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, June 24-26, 2010.

When: 9am-4pm, Sun., March 7, 2010.

Where: ROV Competition and Presentation of the UN Global Compact Activities will take place at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Dr., with a video feed to the UWM-Klotsche Swimming Pool, 3409 N. Downer Ave.

Why: The Building the Water Generation ROV Competition is a program developed by the Milwaukee Water Council, UWM Great Lakes WATER Institute, UWM School of Continuing Education and Discovery World for the following four reasons:

  • raise student awareness of freshwater career opportunities
  • provide the means of developing technical, communication, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • engage public/private sector experts to mentor regional teams on the United Nations Compact issues (aquaculture, phosphorus, storm water, waste treatment, new technologies, contaminants and integrated solutions)
  • connect students and teachers with working professionals in the water sector

The Milwaukee Water Council was created by leaders in business and education to bring the Milwaukee region’s existing water company and research clusters together. The Council aims to achieve this mission using the following approaches: University/Corporate Linkages; Education/Talent Growth; World Water Research Campus, Global Communications, and Public Policy.

The UWM Great Lakes WATER Institute represents the only major aquatic research institute located on Lake Michigan and the largest U.S. institution of its kind in the Great Lakes Region. It is part of the University of Wisconsin System and is a UW System “Center of Excellence.”

Discovery World is a 120,000-squaree foot facility that includes interactive science, technology and freshwater exhibits, learning labs, theater, television and audio studios, as well as fresh and saltwater aquariums.

About the School of Continuing Education
As one of 14 schools and colleges that comprise the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, SCE meets the needs of participants through an assortment of courses, programs and workshops. With 19,000 Wisconsin. Its mission is to generate knowledge and learning opportunities for individuals who are interested in developing professional skills in business, technology, and human services, enriching their lives with classes in the arts and humanities, and/or simply looking for a new intellectual challenge.


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