Friday Features – April 13, 2018

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April 13, 2018

FIRST robotics team competes in regional competitions

The For Inspiration and Recognition of Sciences and Technology Robotics competition is an international event, during which high school students and mentors are tasked with building a robot during a short timeframe and taking it to competition.

The FIRST team at UW-Platteville – named the Cheese Curd Herd – is a collaboration of UW-Platteville students and Platteville High School students. While the high school students design, program and build the robot, UW-Platteville students serve as mentors.

After this year’s challenge was revealed on Jan. 6, the team had six weeks to design, manufacture, build, program and practice. Team 171 recently took their completed robot to regional competitions in Minneapolis, Minnesota and La Crosse, Wisconsin to compete against more than 50 teams from around the Midwest.

“The experience at these regional competitions is something you won’t find anywhere else,” said Jansen VanLin, FIRST Team 171 president. “It’s always exciting to see what teams have come up with and to compete with and against them. Overall, it’s a celebration of what the high school students have accomplished and is often described as ‘the hardest fun you will ever have.’”

FIRST Team 171 is always looking for new mentors. Since the team is run similar to a business, there are opportunities in computer-aided design, programming, manufacturing, budgeting, website design and social media.

“FIRST is about more than the robot,” VanLin said. “We meet year-round to achieve FIRST's goal of inspiring students to pursue STEM fields, become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills. We do this through off-season projects, presentations at community events and providing a place where it's common to talk about computer hardware and math equations.”

For more information about FIRST Robotics Team 171, visit

Online Project Management Program adds emphasis areas

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Online announces optional emphasis areas for the Master of Science in Project Management program. The emphasis areas available include Managing Engineering Projects, Human Capital Administration, and Integrated Supply Chain Management. These areas will enhance students' master’s degree experience by providing specific content needed for today’s work environment.

The master’s in project management program enables you to achieve success at the highest levels of management by preparing you to lead complex projects, cultivate relationships between project teams and customers, and manage the “triple constraint” of time, budget, and scope of project.

UW-Platteville is globally accredited by PMI® and the curriculum in the project management program is aligned with the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), which forms the foundations necessary to obtain the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential.

“We believe these new emphasis areas will add significant value to the MSPM degree,” said Program Director Bill Haskins.  “The new emphases build on the strengths of our existing graduate programs, and they address spaces where we see substantial project activity. “

For more information on the online Master of Science in Project Management program and descriptions on the new emphasis areas available, visit the Distance Learning Center, call 608.342.1468, or email




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