On Tuesday, February 13, Westminster Academy’s FIRST Robotics Team 744 traveled to Tallahassee to participate in STEM Day at the Capitol with leaders from science centers and museums from around the state, the Orlando Science Center, and the Motorola Solutions Foundation. The team demonstrated their 2017 robot in the Capitol Rotunda and the Capitol Courtyard to an audience of state senators and representatives. They worked closely with Sandra Contreras, Regional Director of FIRST South Florida, to create an awareness of the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and FIRST Robotics and to lobby for increased funding for FIRST Robotics teams in Florida.
The Westminster Academy legislative team presenting at this event included student members Isaac Hobby, Jennae Katic, Keri-Anne Lue, Patrick Mills, and Sebastian Molina, alumna/mentor Lauren Cooley, and mentors Cathy and Kent Stolley. They presented in the offices of 11 state legislators during there one-day visit to the Capitol in an attempt to secure $500,000 in continued sate funding for FIRST Robotics teams in Florida.
Westminster Academy’s FIRST Robotics Team 744 competes at the highest level, frequently ranking with the top teams in the world. Long known in the robotics community as “team that prays,” they use their use their platform to give glory to God.