Call for Volunteers For FWC BEST Robotics Competition

We, as Educators and Engineers know STEM Careers are a major driving force in our economy. However
College enrollment trends in the U.S. indicate that there is a significant drop in students enrolling in engineering, science and technology related fields. Research indicates that students perceive these fields as too difficult and involves extensive course studies. In the Greater Tampa Bay Area our RAS Chapter estimates that less than 1% of the High School Students participate in Robotics Education.  

As a result of these trends, the IEEE membership of our RAS Chapter set up a non-profit corporation called the Florida Robotics Alliance (FRA) with our Partners HCC, HCPS, FLATE, the USF Stavros Center, supportive USF Engineering Faculty and the East Lake Community Library    to help foster interest among school aged students in the fields of engineering, business and science. Specifically FRA’s focus is to engage our youth in hands-on Robotics Competitions designed to expose them comprehensively to Robotics and Automated Manufacturing based Business Possibilities.

FRA’s first project: “FWC BEST (Boosting Science Technology and Mathematics) at HCC” needs volunteers in quest to expose to students to the basic aspects of design, engineering, business and manufacturing augmented by other workplace skills such time management, team leadership, problem solving skills, critical thinking and conflict resolution. Won’t you please help us? Volunteer at, or contact Ken Fiallos P.E.& Chair IEEE FWCS RAS Chapter at