FCDI PARTNERS & ASSOCIATES
Home of ROBOTICON, our STEAM education showcase held each year at the University of South Florida Sun Dome Arena, USF is a prime choice for graduating FIRST students and alumni interesting in pursuing interests in STEM and associated professional careers.
St. Petersburg College is home to Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con, collaboratively produced by FCDI, Eureka! Factory and the Innovation Lab at SPC-Seminole. SPC is also a collaborative partner in the development of AMRoC, and the hometown choice for quality training and certification for those seeking direct entry into high-skilled trades in manufacturing and technology.
Our co-hosts for Tampa Bay’s annual FIRST Robotics Competition live kick-off, and a generous supporter of many of our programs, SOFWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Via a growing ecosystem, promotion of divergent thought, and neutral facilitation, SOFWERX’s goal is to bring the right minds together to solve challenging problems.
FCDI is a proud member of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, the nation’s leading collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership, ARM Institute works to accelerate the advancement of transformative robotic technologies and education to increase U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness.
FIRST® is the principal K-12 science and technology education platform utilized and supported by FCDI because of its proven and well documented impact. FIRST programs use robot challenges to build science and technology skills and interests,in a character driven program that also inspires self-confidence, leadership, and life skills . At the high school level, over $70 million in scholarships are available to participating students.
The Eureka! Factory is a team of consultants, makerspace designers, event producers and program planners that are selected, organized, and coordinated by the company according to client needs and the specific details of each project. Eureka! Factory has brought empowered learning and living events and programs to thousands throughout Tampa Bay area since 2013.
PLuGHiTz Live, our live coverage partner for our events and programs, is a multimedia company covering the worlds of gadgets, gaming, Internet and media. Via multiple platforms including The UpStream, F5 Live: Refreshing Technology and the Piltch Point podcasts, people can keep up-to-date with everything technology related.
The Innovation Lab [Makerspace @ SPC] , our partner in the production of Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con, is a collaborative learning environment where people of all ages and with common interests (e.g., science, technology, engineering, digital arts, and math — STEAM) can meet, socialize and/or collaborate while sharing innovative ideas and learning new skills.
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