A flying saucer has crashed into Montana's Lake Okobojion during  the 4th of July celebrations while 20 residents of the town of Pleasantville are missing. Agents Fox and Dana, of X Files fame, have enrolled an underwater robotics team to search for the UFO and the missing residents, while they distract the National Guard for about 30 minutes.

You are a member of the team. This can have life or death implications for the world. What do you do?

So far 20 teams are already designing underwater remote operated vehicles called ROVs that will maneuver on this imaginary scenario. Today, friday June 8th, the organizing team is working hard  recreate the scenario to the slightest detail possible.The NURC team will open the challenge to the public at  Chandler High School auditorium on Saturday, June the 9th  from 8:00 PM to 2 AM (overnight) and to the world via Live Stream. The link for the live broadcast will be provided atwww.h2orobots.org during the night of the challenge. The  public will be able to visit the teams at the robot pit areas at Chandler High Cafeteria, Friday June the 8th and Saturday June the 9th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and during the night of the competition.


This scenario, game, rules and the realistic props are the creation of APASE  (Arizona Promoters of Applied Science in Education) a grass-roots group of teachers, students and professionals who support educational opportunities that inspire students to pursue Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).


Many organizations have provided support, in kind or financially, including the Medtronic Foundation, Si Se Puede Foundation,  Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies - PADT ,Tres Aquas Adventures - sail, SCUBA dive, travel; Carey Home Inspection Service, Inc.; !nventivity; SEAD Architecture; Nello's pizza in Tempe; Chandler High School; Carl Hayden High School; and Critical Mass Communications.

I have always been an enthusiast of technology, robotics and everything STEM. The Carl Hayden robotics team, again, are the brains behind this competition.

Hope you have a chance to come, bring your friends and family (yes it is kid friendly) and get inspired to support these amazing young people.