Robotics Teams Tackle College Football
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has teamed up with the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl to showcase and support talented robotics teams across South Florida. Six robotics teams are at work right now, building or modifying existing robots that will compete against each other to kick a field goal. Yes, a robot that can kick field goals! You’re invited to check out the robots up close at the FAU Home football games – November 9 (FIU at FAU) and November 30 (Southern Miss at FAU). Robotics Teams Tackle College Football will be located outside Gate 2 of FAU Stadium at the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Field Goal Challenge (picture featured below).
By combining robotics and football, this competition will show that engineering can enrich our lives and provide excitement normally associated with traditional sporting events. According to FIRST Robotics, a leading STEM engagement program for students worldwide, “Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology… FIRST Robotics Competitions are the ultimate sport for the mind.”
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“Robotics is a major initiative for FPL with 140 teams currently being sponsored and supported by the company throughout our service area. It is a natural fit with FPL’s longstanding support of education, but also serves a key business function – workforce development. Participation in robotics programs helps students build critical leadership and work-related skills in technology and innovation,” said Maureen Wilt senior education program manager for FPL. “STEM programs like robotics prepare today’s students to pursue careers in science and engineering. In many cases, these programs also help break down barriers and provide more opportunities to traditionally underserved populations.”
Join FPL and cheer on these robotics teams at the FAU home games on Nov. 9 and Nov. 30, 2019. The winning team will be awarded a $5,000 grant and the opportunity to showcase their robot kicking a field goal at the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 21, 2019.
About Florida Power and Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest energy company in the United States as measured by retail electricity produced and sold, serving more than 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million+ people across the state of Florida. FPL’s typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30% lower than the latest national average and among the lowest in the U.S. FPL’s service reliability is better than 99.98%, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all electric companies nationwide. The company was recognized in 2018 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International for the fifth consecutive year. A leading Florida employer with approximately 9,100 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2019 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of Gulf Power Company, which serves more than 460,000 customers in eight counties throughout Northwest Florida, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.GulfPower.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.