High School Students Show Off Skills at FPL
At FPL, we’re committed to supporting education programs that spark student creativity, interest and involvement in STEM programs. This is one way we’re working with the communities we serve to help make Florida an even better place to work and live. We know STEM programs prepare today’s students for exciting and well-paid jobs in the future – and these are the future employees we look for. That’s why to-date, we’ve sponsored 70 robotics teams across our service area.
Earlier this year, at our headquarters in Juno Beach, we hosted six high school robotics teams and their robot creations as part of a robotics showcase. As a way to create awareness around the importance of STEM education, the students put the robots they built and programmed into practice for a day, bringing science fiction to life for FPL employees and proving that STEM can be fun!
During the competition, the robots had to load “fuel” (balls) into a “boiler” and place gears in an elevated structure representing an airship in preparation for liftoff. A portion of the Steamworks field was recreated for the showcase so employees could experience the robots in their competitive environment.
Teams that participated in the showcase were:
Broward County: Sigma Cats (Dillard High School), M3 – Mighty Mechanical Mustangs (McArthur High School)
Martin County: SPAM (multiple Martin County high schools)
Palm Beach County: Royal Palm Beach High School Robotics, MARS (Jupiter and Dwyer high schools), Children of the Swamp (Suncoast and Inlet Grove high schools).
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