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Robotics Showdown Continues to Bolster STEAM Learning in Alachua County

For the third year in a row, Alachua County students battled it out with hand-built robots at the school district’s annual robotics showdown November 30.

More than 200 elementary and middle school students from 22 schools took part in the competition. It was held at Gainesville’s Lincoln Middle School.

“Robotics is a great way for the kids to get inspired in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM),” said Kelley Kostamo, the school district’s business partnership coordinator. “And we were proud to showcase the best of their efforts at the district competition.”

Since 2015, Infinite Energy has helped support Alachua County’s school robotics program. We’ve pledged $50,000 over five years toward the effort. And we feel it’s a great way to support STEAM education.

Our employees get to help, too. We offer to pay them for up to eight hours of volunteer work each year. Some of them use it for this event. We sent about two dozen volunteers to this year’s robotics showdown.

“We’re grateful Infinite Energy recognizes the value of learning, collaboration and teamwork. And you’re helping our students get excited about school,” Kostamo said. “I’m grateful to Infinite Energy for sponsoring the event—with both time and money. We couldn’t do it without you.”

Students who make it to the annual robotics showdown represent the best young robot builders in the county. They’re students who’ve worked all year to perfect their creations. They’ve learned to apply STEAM concepts in the real world. And they’ve learned to do it while working together.

Three Alachua County elementary school teams will be moving on to the state competition February 19 in Tampa. These teams are: Rover, of Williams Elementary; The Battle Circuits, of Wiles Elementary; and Hidden Oak Team A, of Hidden Oak Elementary.

Four of the county’s middle school teams will also be competing in the state championships. They’ll be in Tampa February 18. These teams are: Feuratem, of Lincoln Middle; Oakview A, of Oakview Middle; Casper and Friends, of Bishop Middle; and the Mechanical Mustangs, of Mebane Middle.

Infinite Energy is proud to support these students in their efforts, and we wish all who’ll be moving on to other robotics showdowns the best of luck.

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