FCDI, a community based resource, truly supports spreading awareness of STEM and support local FIRST Robotics teams. Through the amazing event, ROBOTICON, FRC teams are able to relive the previous season's game. This extremely well organized event allows students to experience the excitement of a robotics competition on a full-sized playing field. In addition to ROBOTICON, FCDI partners with local engineers and companies to provide FRC teams with technical and financial support. Team 79 Krunch appreciates FCDI!
I am truly inspired by the work performed by FCDI, it's volunteers and board members in the production of inspiring community educational events like Roboticon which they do over at the USF Sun Dome, and like the community creativity event they assist with called Gulf Coast MakerCon. FCDI has also helped our school's FRC robotics team obtain the resources needed to be successful in competition. They have helped our student team members learn computer coding and CAD design, all beneficial experiences that will be carried forth with them to the next phase of their academic or working lives after they graduate.
The Foundation for Community Driven Innovation’s dedication to supporting academic achievement, economic development, and the spirit of innovation is greatly needed in the Tampa Bay.
FCDI has several outstanding programs and events including: STEAM TEAM - fiscal sponsorship for K-12 STEAM education teams that don’t have access to a nonprofit or school support, AMRoC - Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center, Gulf Coast Make & Comic Con, and ROBOTICON Tampa Bay.
With a big mission and on a small budget, FCDI with its all volunteer board and strong collaborative spirit, continues to maximize community impact in the Tampa Bay area, helping direct the investment of over $100,000 in the last six months into area youth and workforce development programs and projects. In addition to growing the ROBOTICON Tampa Bay event, which draws 3000 people annually to this high energy STEAM education showcase at the University of South Florida Sun Dome Arena, FCDI is developing a precedent setting facility called the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics Center to serve K-20+ with academic and career pipeline opportunities. We look forward to continue doing great work with our amazing partners, and improving academic and economic outcomes for youth throughout Tampa Bay and Florida!
One of the most exciting and effective programs FCDI helps organize is ROBOTICON Tampa Bay, a youth STEAM education showcase, where students on FIRST K-12 robotics teams can come together to practice, build, and learn about college and career opportunities from partner organizations like the University of South Florida, and SolidProfessor. FCDI also provides fiscal support for area FIRST teams, and helps produce Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con, all programs and experiences that help engage and empower people to be makers of their own futures. With more than 80% of funds going into programs, FCDI is a great community resource with proven impact. I'm happy to give the nonprofit my highest endorsement.
FCDI has gone to great lengths to make the most exciting student robotics event in the Tampa Bay Area (see ROBOTICON.net) a remarkable success. They've worked hard to make sure all teams wanting to compete get to do so, and that the logistics and details associated with the event are being handled. They work closely with their partners and event volunteers to help bring the best possible results to the University of South Florida, the FIRST Robotics programs, and the students they serve.
Additionally, FCDI has worked behind the scene to help student teams that were applying for grants receive the contributions they were seeking by partricipating as their fiscal sponsor. FCDI works on a shoe-string internal budget while putting forth monumental efforts by their volunteers and board members to provide these benefits their community
FCDI through the Doolittle Institute graciously supported Torque Team FRC 5283. This is the F.I.R.S.T. FRC robotics team at King High in Tampa Florida. Not only did Torque receive monetary support, a group of engineers from FCDI came out to the school and volunteered with my students. They offered insightful advice and act as role models for the students. The team appreciated their time and ideas. Hopefully we can get more mentors (hint, hint) as we kick off the new school year and a brand new challenge in January.
Our robotics program (one FRC and two FTC teams) budget is funded through student dues (about 50%), small grants (about 15-20%), and the balance through the school (an arrangement made since students are not, by policy, allowed to fundraise or seek sponsorships from companies in the community. We try never to turn any student away from the club simply because of dues, which have been $200 for the year. This grant was specifically allocated to cover a well deserving student's dues, enabling the student to join, learn from great mentors and peers, participate in the robot's design, build and competition events.
At the beginning of the 2015/16 FIRST Robotics Competition season, the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation offered the teams of the surrounding area an incredible opportunity. Visit the Doolittle Institute and Softwerx public/private partnership with the United States Army and have your teams robot inspected by its engineers. Needless to say our team, 5276 the Edgar Alan Ohms jumped at the chance. The Engineers were supposed to only be able to spend 30 minutes evaluating our robot. Instead they spent 2 hours with our students. It was one of the most rewarding moments for myself as a coach, and without the hard work of the Foundation it wouldn't have come to pass. This organization is striving to promote STEAM activities on a community by community basis, and it is their hard work that makes moments like the one I described above possible.
FCDI is a wonderful community resource for developing technology learning initiatives in the public sector. My organization worked with them to create the first maker space in our area and the grow our robotics outreach program in several high schools.
FCDI is supporting academic achievement, economic development and the spirit of innovation through inspiring programs, active learning and exciting, innovative projects. Through its support of FIRST based STEM programs for our area students, and celebrations of the community’s creativity through exciting festivals of the inventive spirit, FCDI continues to be a valuable part of our Tampa Bay nonprofit business community.
FCDI is the fiscal sponsor for Team Duct Tape. They receive and administer charitable contributions on behalf of our team, from companies, organizations, grants and other funding sources requiring nonprofit association. FCDI offers a much needed service for robotics teams that are not associated with a school system or other 501c3. Thank you FCDI!
FCDI has been a key and valuable partner in our creative community through its assistance in helping to sponsor our annual community maker festival. FCDI’s support of the innovative and creative spirit of our community is helping to lead our students and community toward a more productive lifestyle, building our capacity for productivity, and our brightening the outlook of future.