INVESTING IN TOMORROW'S LEADERS
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.
FPL’s energy curriculum portal provides a robust virtual curriculum for fourth, fifth and sixth grades that covers energy standards in science, English language arts and math. The free, open source online curriculum is designed to ensure that students have a deeper understanding about the importance of energy and all of its forms 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.
We sponsor 100 robotics teams, at all grade levels, throughout our service area, as well as several regional competition events. In 2020, we provided FIRST Robotics, a leading, not-for-profit STEM engagement program for kids worldwide, $100,000 to support local robotics programs and 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.