Picture1ROBOTICON  Tampa Bay is pleased  to welcome Bright House Networks as a  Title Sponsor of  ROBOTICON. Bright House Networks is supporting ROBOTICON as part of its commitment to helping today’s youth develop into innovative entrepreneurs that can help change the world. Through Bright House Networks Bright Ideas STEM From Today’s Youth program, the company is also fostering leadership experiences for youth so they can help build local economies and create emerging technologies in the process.

At ROBOTICON, FIRST students and guests will enjoy a full scale FIRST Robotics Competition event, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League scrimmages and practice games, a Jr. FIRST LEGO League display, and the opportunity for high school level teams to compete for ROBOTICON Challenge Awards, sponsored by Boca Bearings, as well as a college and career fair, and more! Guests will be able to tour Team Pits to see team members working on their robots, and have a chance to talk to students, visit the Exhibit Hall to enjoy STEM demos, vendors and organizations, and learn more about technical, math and science career and college opportunities.

The mission of ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is to increase public awareness of FIRST K-12 education programs and to provide FIRST Robotics teams with a high-quality, post-season competitive event that provides opportunities for pre-season skill building, networking, and college and career readiness experiences. ROBOTICON also provides a fun and unique way for the general public to enjoy this “Sport for the Mind” and learn about the hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics that FIRST offers.    We’re honored that Bright House Networks is joining us in this mission.

About the Bright Ideas Contest

Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth is a multi-state competition where high school students show how STEM – that’s science, technology, engineering and math – can bring their idea to life.  Starting September 22, students ages 14-18 living in Bright House Networks service areas, can submit two essays that describe 1) how their idea, powered by STEM, makes the world a better place and 2) what STEM tools will power that idea to make it work, and an accompanying video or drawing about the idea.     The Grand Prize is an opportunity for the winner to work with  Fahrenheit 212, a marketing and product development company,  to develop his or her idea. Complete contest information and rules are available at the Bright Ideas website.

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About Bright House Networks

Bright House Networks is the sixth-largest owner and operator of cable systems in the United States and the second-largest in Florida, with technologically advanced systems located in five states including Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California. Bright House Networks serves approximately 2.5 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services. The company also offers a strong portfolio of customizable, advanced business solutions for video, voice, data, cloud-based and managed services.

The company is MEF-certified and also recently received the Cisco® Master Service Provider Certification under the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program, the first cable operator in the United States to achieve this designation. Bright House Networks also owns and operates exclusive, award-winning, local news and sports channels in its Florida markets. For more information about Bright House Networks or its products and services, visit brighthouse.com.