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Spruce Creek High Awarded Top Prize in Ford STEAM Challenge

2/14/2018

The Academy of Information Technology and Robotics (AITR) at Spruce Creek High was awarded 1st place and the top prize of $20,000 in the Nationwide Ford STEAM High School Community Challenge, as announced via teleconference on Wednesday.
 
Students from the Academy of Information Technology and Robotics, a Powered by Ford STEAM Academy, will use the money to develop a smartphone application that enables people in disaster areas to communicate with emergency response teams, family and friends. The Text of Least Resistance project will use Wi-Fi to crowdsource within the stricken area.
 
The Ford STEAM High School Community Challenge focuses on students enrolled in career academies affiliated with Ford Next Generation Learning – an innovative educational program of Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. The winning entries are sustainable, student-led proposals that involve community organizations and school resources to address real-life local needs. Students were encouraged to use their creativity and explore high-impact solutions in fields such as alternative energy, technology, design and mobility. 
 
Ford Motor Company awarded $50,000 in grants to high school students who are putting their STEAM skills to work on innovative projects to improve the quality of life in their communities. Winning projects were selected by a panel of Ford reviewers with 1st place awarded $20,000, 2nd place $10,000, and 3rd place receiving $5,000 grants to implement their inventive solutions.
 
The Ford STEAM High School Community Challenge enhances the efforts of Ford NGL and Ford's Corporate STEAM Council, which urges students to consider a technical education to secure good jobs and meet growing business demands, while also helping Ford develop a pipeline of skilled technical talent.

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