Thank you, State of Florida!

img_20160225_110243576This year we are extremely pleased and honored to announce that the Orlando Regional is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the State of Florida, as part of a $200,000 budget allocation for FIRST Robotics Competition in Florida.

Thanks to South Florida Congressman, George Moraitis, and Senator Chris Smith, working with FIRST Robotics Competition  Team 744, Shark Attack and with the support of FIRST in Florida personnel and representatives of the University of Central Florida and Florida Atlantic University, every Florida FIRST Robotics Competition team will received $2000 towards their 2017 registration, with any remaining funds split between the South Florida Regional and the Orlando Regional.

“I was honored to work with FIRST Robotics in securing state funds to assist with the robotics competitions in South Florida,” said Congressman Moraitis. “Robotics is a great way for our students to experience how engineering and science can be used in a tangible while allowing them to learn and compete with teachers and other professionals in our community. I want to specifically thank Kent Stolley, Lauren Cooley and (FIRST Regional Directors) Terri Willingham and Sandra Contreras for their invaluable assistance with this year’s funding for FIRST Robotics.”

Thank you, Florida, for supporting our next generation of science and technology leaders. FIRST Robotics Competition is #MoreThanRobots; it’s the intellectual and talent pipeline of our share future.

You can read the full story behind the funding and how it was allocated here.



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