THE FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY DRIVEN INNOVATION (FCDI) IS A 501(C)(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION THROUGH INSPIRING PROGRAMS, ACTIVE LEARNING AND ENGAGING HANDS-ON PROJECTS.
FCDI’s mission is two-fold:
• To provide a training and talent pipeline for Science, Technology and Manufacturing careers in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida regions, with training and certification programs.
• 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 skills development.
The path forward is pure and simple: Collaboration in our communities – leveraging existing resources where possible, and in partnership with others, developing new avenues for success and economic impact where needed, with the conviction that we lift as we rise.
FCDI is a member of the federally created ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute, headquartered at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. FCDI works in partnership with the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College, SOFWERX and other fine academic and corporate partners to help build capacity in youth through STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts & Math/Manufacturing) education projects and programs. This includes the annual ROBOTICON Tampa Bay event and the development of the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC).
Seeded by an Argosy Foundation grant, AMRoC will be headquartered in Tampa Bay and will feature:
• Industry-standard manufacturing equipment, including CNC, milling, lathes, drill presses, etc.
• A full-scale permanent FIRST Robotics Competition field for high school level competitions, FIRST Tech Challenge field, for middle and high school programs and FIRST LEGO League playing tables for elementary and middle school programs.
• Hardware and software to support K-12 STEAM education through:
»» Professional Development for educators including Curriculum and Standards Alignment resources, training in Diversity and Inclusion in science, technology, and manufacturing education and more
»» Programming, design and engineering classes and training for youth
»» Kit and parts loans for teams and classrooms
Through our collaborative partnerships, FCDI seeks to promote higher paying skill-based careers and learning opportunities to help people move from passive consumerism to active and productive creation that helps them, and helps us all.