We’re very excited to announce that the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center now has a home at University Mall on Fowler Avenue in Tampa, near the University of South Florida. In partnership with the Mall, Hillsborough County Libraries and other local academic and corporate partners, the space will be configured as a FabLab style facility that will be part of the RD Management redevelopment of the Mall into a mixed-use city center.
The redesigned 100 acre Mall will become a “multi-story, urban neighborhood development showcasing life sciences and technology research institutes and complexes; retail, placemaking, and recreational opportunities and entertainment; hospitality; education; medical specialties, clinics, and pavilions; corporate offices and co-working spaces; and residential and other related uses. ”
With 7000+ sq. ft. of open store front plus another 2000 sq. ft. of storage/back space, and located near co-work space, and other related business , academic and nonprofit facilities under development in the Mall, AMRoC has plenty of room and resources to develop robust programming to service youth and adults with skills development and capacity building opportunities year round.
The anchor piece of the Center will be the new FIRST Robotics Competition field AMRoC developer, Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) had built locally at EMS, through Argosy Foundation, Lightning Foundation and St. Petersburg College Foundation funding. Recently used for ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2018, the field was transported to the Mall facility after the event, where it will join a FIRST Tech Challenge playing field, and FIRST LEGO League tables to provide practice and build space for teams. There will also be a variety of hand, power, and floor tools, audio/visual equipment, electronics supplies and resources and more.
Aiming for a grand opening in the spring of 2019, it is our hope that this space will become a community center for skills based education and capacity building, where people can come to earn professional certifications and develop needed workforce skills, for all ages. as well as an inclusive, accessible, enjoyable and affordable space for creative expression, fabrication and rapid prototyping, and product development.
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