Affiliate Partner Organization for Central Florida:
polk state college
Polk State College’s, Central Florida Robotics, is the official operational partner for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Junior in the Central Florida area. As a leader in robotics education in central Florida, Polk State College provides interdisciplinary, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning experiences for middle and high school students. The ultimate goal is to keep students engaged in the learning process through hands on, active learning as they connect STEM content to educational pathways and the professional careers.
Our Program Partners
Polk State College’s, Central Florida Robotics, is looking to establish a comprehensive network of local and regional corporations, educational and professional institutions, foundations, and individuals. Together, we are hoping that these generous partners will provide funding, time and talent through mentors and other volunteers, equipment, supplies and more. As the program continues to grow, it is imperative that our cadre of committed partners continues to grow and keep pace with the ongoing needs of our region.
There has never been a greater need. Central Florida STEM-based companies are eager to employ a robust workforce of local professionals. Yet, all too often, there are simply not enough qualified candidates. To compound the issue, there are not enough students choosing STEM education to meet the demand. Because hiring foreign nationals is an expensive and complex process, it makes sense to reach out to local students in our community. To generate enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math before they embark on post-secondary training. To develop a qualified domestic workforce right here at home.
By partnering with Polk State College’s, Central Florida Robotics, industry leaders can focus their giving and support while gaining regional recognition and exposure. The benefits gained from collaborating with other STEM organizations and significantly increasing the number of high school and college students pursuing STEM careers in our region will benefit our community for generations to come.
Thank You to Our Sponsors:
Rockwell Collins (Presenting sponsor)
Their innovative solutions for aviation, defense, rail, and critical infrastructure help us keep people safe, connected, and informed. Through industry leadership and an unwavering commitment to work with their customers to understand and achieve their goals, they strive to be the most trusted source of aviation and high-integrity solutions in the world.
At Rockwell Collins, they recognize the value of forming positive relationships with students who will become the next generation of engineers and innovators. That is why they have teamed with FIRST® to dramatically increase FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® Tech Challenge teams across the nation.
FLORIDA High Tech Corridor
Stretching across 23 counties, the Florida High Tech Corridor is a technology rich region known as much for its legacy in aerospace as it is for its growing prominence in other high tech clusters of innovation such as Modeling and Simulation, Optics and Photonics, Digital Media and Medical Technologies.
As an entity that promotes the high tech growth of the region, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council is an economic development initiative of three of the country’s largest research institutions—the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida. The Council’s mission is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.
The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program (GSDO) is one of three NASA programs based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The program was established to develop and use the complex equipment required to safely handle rockets and spacecraft during assembly, transport and launch.
The program’s mission is to prepare the center to process and launch the next generation of rockets and spacecraft in support of NASA’s exploration objectives by developing the necessary ground systems, infrastructure and operational approaches.
City of Winter Haven
The city of Winter Haven, FL, located in central Polk County, promotes that every day is the perfect day to enjoy warm sunshine on your face and refreshing waters of the City's many lakes. This close-knit community has a diverse population with a variety of historic neighborhoods to choose from. Everything you need is inside the City limits from shopping and recreation to good jobs and education.
Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing
Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (PCTSM), known outside the county as Visit Central Florida, is a division of Polk County Government. As Polk County’s official tourism and marketing management organization, PCTSM promotes Polk County as a tourist destination to increase visitation and economic impact; and to generate revenue from the tourist development tax. Tourism is the state’s number one industry, and one of Polk County’s top three, and the revenue it generates helps to fund the sales and marketing operations of PCTSM as well as and the development, and improvement, of infrastructure used to attract tourists. Tourism strengthens Polk County’s economy by creating jobs, new revenue and a higher quality of life.
Boyer Building Corporation
Boyer Building Corporation was founded in 2002 by Gary M. Boyer after a long and successful career in the commercial construction industry. Boyer Building Corporation’s initial corporate focus was on commercial projects with services in General Contracting, Consulting and Construction/Program Management. In recent years, they have ventured into the painting, low voltage, and construction cleaning businesses. Boyer Building Corporation has coordinated construction projects, scheduling services, design consulting, inspection services, CM work, design build work, resort cleaning, construction cleaning, and estimating as situations require. Boyer Building Corporation is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Central Florida and the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association.
Hampton Inn & Holiday Inn of Winter Haven
The Hampton Inn Winter Haven hotel is located midway between Tampa and Orlando. It is surrounded by 24 freshwater lakes where visitors can spend exhilarating days soaking in the Florida sun while fishing, or explore Florida on an airboat nature tour. The Hampton Inn is a preferred Bed & Brick hotel for the LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park, which is located only three miles from the hotel. Check with Reception for the complimentary LEGOLAND Florida shuttle schedule.
Whether visiting Winter Haven for business or just to get away, the Holiday Inn Winter Haven is designed to be a personal retreat. Located between Orlando and Tampa, visitors will find the finest in upscale services at this hotel in Winter Haven. Patrons have room to work, relax, and make the most of your day. The Holiday Inn Winter Haven is a proud Legoland Florida Bed & Brick preferred hotel. Complimentary scheduled LEGOLAND Transportation is provided by LEGOLAND Florida daily.
Brevard County Schools
Brevard Public Schools will serve our community and enhance students' lives by delivering the highest quality education in a culture of dedication, collaboration, & learning. Our mission is to serve every student with excellence as the standard.
The LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is built for kids. The 150-acre interactive theme park offers more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, restaurants, shopping, a breathtaking botanical garden, and the LEGOLAND Water Park, all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12. The LEGOLAND Hotel is located just steps from the park entrance and features 152 rooms.
Protected Trust provides cloud based managed services that keep digital information assets secure, private, and compliant, and believes trust and privacy are essential for building meaningful relationships. Protected Trust has grown over the years to be in the business of transforming businesses and organizations through technology solutions. More than just providing the tools for productivity, compliance and security we’ve found our best outcomes in helping businesses comprehensively address their I.T. from the ground up. Not just fixing computers when they break, but helping organizations use their hardware and software to its fullest potential in a strategic way.
Publix Super Markets Charities
In 1966 Publix Super Markets founder George W. Jenkins, affectionately known as Mr. George, established a charitable foundation with the intention of caring for his community—and with a vision that the giving would continue long after he was gone. Today, under the leadership of Mr. George’s daughter, Carol Jenkins Barnett, Publix Super Markets Charities remains committed to serving the communities in which Publix operates. And the legacy of giving continues.
By supporting a variety of nonprofit organizations engaged in life-changing work, Publix Charities makes a far-reaching impact throughout the Southeast. The result is stronger communities infused with hope and prepared for a brighter future.
The Foundation for Community Driven Innovation
The Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) is a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to supporting academic achievement, economic development and the spirit of innovation through inspiring programs, active learning and exciting, innovative projects. Programs include exciting hands on learning and living events like Gulf Coast Make & Comic Con, Tampa Bay’s annual maker festival, ROBOTICON Tampa Bay, an annual youth STEM Showcase event and development of the Tampa Bay Advanced Robotics & Manufacturing Center (AMRoC). Visit FFCDI.org for more information.