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Hello NURC teams:


I know many of you have been waiting for the release of the 2014 mission and want to know when it will be released.  It has been a difficult decision however, we will not hold NURC in 2014. 


We were trying to post-pone until October for a number of reasons however, we made a decision that it won't be possible.  The main reasons are that we don't have any major funding or sponsorship this year.  For the past several years, we have had grants and company sponsors to sustain our efforts.  We were not invited to apply for a Medtronic Foundation grant this year.  In addition, our arrangements with Chandler High School and the district have been good however, we have needed to find a new community partner for a few years as the costs have been rising.  There are other ancillary reasons as well.


I hope you will all understand that Fredi and I are working to find other alternatives for 2015.  We will use 2014 as a year to rebuild and discuss continuing NURC in the future.


Thank you for your interest and involvement in NURC as I know it's a challenge you and your students enjoy and want to continue.  Please know that we are doing our best as a volunteer organization to provide options in AZ for STEM. 


Please let me know if you have any questions as I will keep you posted on decisions for 2015.  If you have feedback about this event that you would like to share, please feel free to comment.


P.S. if you know others not on this email list are interested in this decision, please feel free to forward this message.


Thank you,


Shawna Fletcher


AZ Promoters of Applied Science in Education (APASE)


National Underwater Robotics Challenge (NURC)



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The mission of the National Underwater Robotics Challenge is to bring science and technology educational opportunities to the students of all ages across the country. This event is designed to stimulate the youth of America and to reverse the national "brain drain". It contributes to the growing number of events,  helping to make Arizona a focal point in science and technology events. NURC is also open to adult and corporate teams as well, helping to foster a STEM culture throughout the state in multiple demographics.

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