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The robotics teams assemble at Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) headquarters on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. FPL hosted six local high school robotics teams and their robot creations as part of a Robotics Showcase at the company’s headquarters. During the event, 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.

The robotics teams assemble at Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) headquarters on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. FPL hosted six local high school robotics teams and their robot creations as part of a Robotics Showcase at the company’s headquarters. During the event, 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.

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).

Team members from the Martin County SPAM team, Tyler Woods, Shantanu Jakhete and Christian Efinger, adjust their robot at the annual Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) Robotics Showcase.

Team members from the Martin County SPAM team, Tyler Woods, Shantanu Jakhete and Christian Efinger, adjust their robot at the annual Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) Robotics Showcase.


Ethan Caballero and Alfredo Urdaneta from the Palm Beach County, Royal Palm Beach High School Robotics team, work on fine tuning their robot on Wednesday, June 21 at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) headquarters for the 2017 Robotics Showcase.

Ethan Caballero and Alfredo Urdaneta from the Palm Beach County, Royal Palm Beach High School Robotics team, work on fine tuning their robot on Wednesday, June 21 at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) headquarters for the 2017 Robotics Showcase.


M.A.R.S. team members, Zack Fertitta and Eric Winkelspecht from Palm Beach County, unload and prep their robot on Wednesday, June 21, at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) headquarters for the 2017 Robotics Showcase.

M.A.R.S. team members, Zack Fertitta and Eric Winkelspecht from Palm Beach County, unload and prep their robot on Wednesday, June 21, at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) headquarters for the 2017 Robotics Showcase.


Robotics student, Katelynn Morrison from the Children of the Swamp team in Palm Beach County sets her team’s robot up to demonstrate what it can do.

Robotics student, Katelynn Morrison from the Children of the Swamp team in Palm Beach County sets her team’s robot up to demonstrate what it can do.

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