CenturyLink Sponsors Spring Break Robotics Camp for Local Foster Youth

Media Advisory:
March 26, 2013

Contact:
Nicole Stookey
Northwest Region Communications Director
(850) 509-2675

CenturyLink Sponsors Spring Break Robotics Camp for Local Foster Youth
Campers gain life skills while building robots, participate in robotics competition

FT. WALTON BEACH— Through a partnership with CenturyLink, Florida’s Foundation, the Department of Children and Families and Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, current and former foster youth ages 13-18 will spend three days this week attending the “Spring Break into Robotics” camp at the University of West Florida Ft. Walton Beach Campus.

The camp will give youth an immersive college experience aimed at cultivating their interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields through educational and dynamic learning activities. Campers will develop skills in robotics, programming, physics and engineering and explore the various fields of engineering.

Recognizing that proficiency in STEM is critical to meeting tomorrow’s global challenges, CenturyLink contributed $5,000 through Florida’s Foundation for up to 20 current and former foster youth to attend the new camp. “Spring Break into Robotics” is one of more than a dozen statewide Camps for Champions for children in foster care to build self-esteem, confidence, and character and strengthen life skills.

Campers will work in groups to create, design and use a robot. The three-day camp culminates in a robot competition on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Media is invited to attend the competition.

WHAT:
“Spring Break into Robotics” Robot Competition

WHO:
Department of Children and Families Regional Director Vicki Abrams; leadership from CenturyLink, Florida’s Foundation, Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Ft. Walton, and FamiliesFirst Network; current and former foster youth participating in the camp; caregivers; and representatives from University of West Florida

WHEN:
Thursday, March 28, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:
University of West Florida – Ft. Walton Beach Campus
Student Center, Building 2
1170 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Ft. Walton Beach

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