Robots Invade Palm Beach Gardens Middle School-FPL Unveils Robotics Facility, Solar Array At H.L. Watkins Middle To Provide Critical Hands-On STEM Education
Cutting-edge Mindstorm and Vex robots will take H.L. Watkins Middle School by storm as FPL, together with School District of Palm Beach County officials, unveil the first state-of-the-art robotics facility in the County, along with a solar array and learning station. The new science facility provides needed resources to ramp up STEM education for the County’s students, helping prepare them for the highly-skilled science, technology, engineering, and mathematics jobs of the future. FPL is one of Florida’s largest employers in these fields.
The new robotics equipment represents a major revamp of the school’s existing resources. H.L. Watkins will be the only middle school in the county with this level of sophistication in robotics equipment and software.
In addition to the robotics center, H.L. Watkins’ Next Generation Solar Education Station features solar panels similar to those operating at FPL’s DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Arcadia, Fla. The school array will provide students a hands-on tool to learn about renewable energy.
WHO: School District of Palm Beach County Superintendent Mr. Wayne Gent, FPL energy experts, H.L. Watkins students, H.L. Watkins administrators, and lead robotics teacher Cory Perry working with students to demonstrate the new equipment.
WHEN: Oct. 3, 2012
WHERE: H.L. Watkins Middle School
9480 MacArthur Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Media must check in at front office to gain entrance to school property.
VISUALS: School children manipulating new state-of-the-art robotics equipment and software; students experimenting with solar panels to learn how they convert the sun’s power into electricity; County school officials touring the new facilities.
Interviews with school officials, teachers and FPL representatives are available.
CONTACT: Julia Wakefield, rbb Public Relations (305) 445-9750
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