Our Programs

FIRST Fund

FCDI provides fiduciary oversight to help build the capacity of youth robotics teams that don’t have their own Proud supporter of FIRSTnonprofit organization or school support.  We support primarily support FIRST teams because of the 25 year old program’s proven results and powerful impact on youth and communities.  FCDI receives and administers charitable contributions on behalf of teams, from companies and organizations, grants and other funding requiring nonprofit association, and have established a FIRST Fund to help with funding for teams and the production of the annual ROBOTICON Tampa Bay FIRST Showcase, held each fall.   Contact us for more information.

Events

FCDI helps support exciting community events in the Tampa Bay area that celebrate the spirit of innovation in our community, and experiential STEM application opportunities for students that include skill building, networking, and college and career readiness experience.  Our two principal events are

Gulf Coast MakerCon, is joining forces with ComicCon in 2018, becoming Gulf Coast Maker & ComicCon, in a collaboration with St. Petersburg College -Seminole Campus. This is an off-the-chain exciting annual celebration of the DIY Inventive Spirit that includes fans of gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, costuming, comics books, arts, crafts, jewelry, woodworking, welding, robots, battlebots, drone races, electrothon cars and every form of creativity from the incredible minds of the maker culture. And it’s free to the public! 

roboticonLogo cropped transpROBOTICON Tampa Bay, an annual FIRST k-12 STEM Showcase brings together teams from across all four FIRST programs.  ROBOTICON is a competitive event that provides opportunities for pre-season skill building, networking, and college and career readiness experiences. This exciting event also provides a unique way for the public to discover and enjoy this “Sport for the Mind” and witness the incredible hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics that this program offers.

Projects

FCDI will work with community partners to develop the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoc) . The mission of AMRoC is three-fold:

  1. To provide a training and talent pipeline for Science, Technology and Manufacturing careers in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida regions.
  2. To inspire young people to become STEM, Manufacturing and Industry leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor based, diverse and inclusive programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well- rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership,
  3. To act as the headquarters for a Central Florida FIRST Hub with satellite facilities and resources throughout the Tampa Bay area and running along the I-4 Tech Corridor between Tampa and Orlando.