We're working with the communities we serve to make them even better places to live, work and raise families. One of the ways we do this is by supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives because we believe these activities prepare today’s students for exciting and well-paying jobs in the future to support the company’s goal of continuous innovation. Our educational programming gives both students and teachers the opportunity to collaborate, collectively problem solve and achieve a common goal.
Increasingly, our employees are seeking volunteer opportunities in which they can leverage their own skills to inspire the next generation of technology-savvy workers.
In 2019, we partnered with Ohana Solutions, a third-party content curator, to develop a free virtual energy curriculum for grades 4, 5 and 6, that covers standards in science, English language arts and math. The content was designed to help students learn the importance of energy in all its forms. In a distance-learning or conventional campus environment, our content is an open source curriculum available to any interested teacher or school district, anywhere — whether that is a public, private, charter or home school. Access the new energy curriculum at: www.energycurriculum.com
Robotics is a major focus of our education philanthropy. Students who participate on robotics teams not only learn engineering, they also learn about teamwork, collaboration, creativity and other vital skills to thrive in tomorrow’s competitive work environment. FPL sponsors more than 100 robotics teams at all grade levels throughout our service area as well as several regional competition events.
In 2019, we provided FIRST Robotics, a leading, not-for-profit STEM engagement program for students worldwide, with a $75,000 grant for rookie/new teams and $85,000 in ongoing support for established teams. Each year, a $20,000 college scholarship is awarded to an alumnus of the FIRST robotics program.
Each year, NextEra Energy executives visit William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach County, Florida, to teach graduate-level finance courses to juniors enrolled in the school's Academy of Finance. During the six-month program, the students are coached in presentation and leadership skills in addition to the financial curriculum. The course ends with a competition in which students evaluate the financial feasibility of theoretical wind-driven, electric generating facilities, with each winner receiving a $2,000 college scholarship.
Wind Site Manager David Mooney shows students a wind turbine gearbox NextEra Energy Resources donated to the Webb Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) in Texas. We’re proud to help students at schools like Webb CISD, that opened the first high-school level class that teaches students the hands-on skills needed to become wind technicians.