UW-Platteville partners with QCESC

July 24, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the Quad City Engineering and Science Council have teamed together to instill engineering interest in children and young adults around the Quad Cities.

“This partnership is a great resource for UW-Platteville to assist STEM enrichment in children not just around the surrounding Platteville area, but also a great opportunity for our students, staff and faculty to aid in the national STEM agenda,” said Dr. Lisa Riedle, UW-Platteville associate dean of the College of Engineering.

The QCESC is a nonprofit umbrella organization representing 36 technical societies in the Quad City area with approximately 5,000 associated members. In its 51st year, the organization annually sponsors events such as the National Engineers Banquet, the Engineering and Scientist of the Year Awards, and the Presidents Reception for local society presidents. The organization also offers scholarships to local high school students and provides judges and volunteers for the local science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities for children including FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, Battle of the Bridges, QC Tech Challenge, Mousetrap Car Race and the Kids Engineering Camp.

“UW-Platteville created this partnership about a year ago,” said Erin Richter, UW-Platteville admission advisor. “It led to UW-Platteville offering a $2,500 scholarship, a four year agreement, for one incoming freshman who are residents from Mercer, Rock Island, Henry and Whiteside counties in Illinois, and Clinton, Scott, Muscatine and Louisa counties in Iowa.”

“We were very pleased with the success from this scholarship program after it’s first year,” said Richter. UW-Platteville had 18 students apply for the scholarship, and had the second most applicants of all the universities partnered with QCESC.

UW-Platteville now co-sponsors the QCESC’s event, Battle of the Bridges, which allows elementary, middle school and high school students to participate in building a model bridge capable of supporting the greatest load per unit of mass. This February, approximately 70 teams from the elementary and high school levels, participated with more than 200 participants.

For more information, contact Richter at UW-Platteville Prospective Student Services at (608) 342-1127 or richterer@uwplatt.edu.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu

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