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A Conversation with the ARM Institute’s Byron Clayton

Back in March, we invited the ARM institute to join us at the Synapse Innovation Summit, at the FCDI organized STEM Pavilion.   Our friends at PLuGHiTz Live spent some time speaking with ARM Institute CEO, Dr. Byron Clayton, who gives a great overview of the mission...

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Learning by Doing

A great article ran in FreeCodeCamp recently. Titled "How to escape tutorial purgatory as a new developer ..."   Not far behind it was a piece at Inside Higher Ed titled "Breaking through the Parchment Ceiling",a review of the book, Free Range Learning in the Digital...

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Change Starts in Our Own Communities

FCDI Executive Director Terri Willingham shared our work with the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center, with the great crew at PLuGHiTz Live, during the FIRST Robotics Competition Orlando Regional, earlier this year.

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In Consideration of Community Driven Innovation

To prepare our residents for careers that not only provide jobs today, but will continue to support them and their families for decades to come, a collective effort—spanning government, education and industry—is required. - Jim Kenney - Mayor, City of Philadelphia, In...

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Our 2018 Board & Forging New Paths

Meet Michele Mendez FCDI is delighted to welcome Michele Mendez to our Board of Directors.  Michele is a Vice President with Bank of America, specializing in Small Business Lending. She is also Special Events Executive Producer for PLuGHiTz Live, where, she says,  " I...

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FIRST Championship & Next Steps

FCDI board members joined over 30,000 people attending the FIRST Championship in Houston last week, to celebrate and support more than 15,000 students, ages 6-18, from more than 40 countries, at  the world’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering, and...

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FCDI Heads to Houston FIRST Championship!

The Foundation for Community Driven Innovation heads to Texas next week, for the Houston FIRST Championship. In addition to cheering on Tampa Bay area teams competing at the event,  we’re facilitating two workshop sessions at the FIRST Conference there. Manufacturing...

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ARM Institute Visit & Synapse Innovation Summit Recap

What a whirlwind last week was!  After wrapping up Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con, we launched right into hosting a visit by the ARM Institute, which included a tour of EMS, where the FIRST Robotics Competition field is being built, as the centerpiece of our...

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FCDI Hosts ARM Institute Regional Workshop March 26

On March 26, the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) is hosting a free Regional Workshop with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute at the Hillsborough County Entrepreneur Collaborative Center at in Ybor City. The purpose of this...

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