Celebrating Women’s History Month with Enterprising Latinas

Last month, Pasco County Agents for Change hosted our Black History Month display at AMRoC. This month, we’re joined by Enterprising Latinas, who has created an eye catching Women’s History Month Showcase window display at AMRoC Fab Lab, highlighting the fascinating history of Wimauma and the remarkable women who have made it their mission to economically empower Hispanic women in Tampa Bay.

“We walk alongside women as they create their own pathways to prosperity, using their talents and skills to realize their dreams and aspirations,” says the organization.  “At Enterprising Latinas, we believe that enhancing one woman’s life is the first step for transforming our communities and our society.”

Michael Medina, Digital Community Outreach Coordinator for Enterprising Latinas, arranged the window display.

“The idea and concept for the display was to create a short timeline of the faces behind the place of Wimauma,” he said, “from the birth of its name to the present and beyond.”

Wimauma was named by Captain Davis, who created the community.  He took the first letters of the names of his three daughters: Willie, Maude and Mary – and Wimauma was born.  The display takes viewers on a historical journey of the hard working women of Wimauma, including the trail blazing Doris Reddick, and Enterprising Latinas members taking and graduating from different courses, and showcases the beautiful recreational and agricultural lands that surround Wimauma.

Stop by through the end of March to visit the display and learn more about the strong women of Wimauma and the great work done by Enterprising Latinas.

March Happenings 

  • ASE G1 entry level Automotive Technician certification test prep is currently underway, hosted by US Auto Training.  If you missed this session, you can sign up here for the next one, later this spring or early summer.
  • Equity in Entrepreneurship Spring Start Up Studio is underway with an amazing group of early stage entrepreneurs.  Missed this cohort?  Sign up for our late summer/early fall session here.
  • 1st and 3rd Fridays at 6pm (Next session March 19) – Build a Drone class , with Tampa Drones – Build a drone from the ground – Up! And learn all about the different components of a drone as you do. $45/class . Need based waivers available – Register here.
  • 2nd and 4th Friday (Next Livestream, March 26)  – (ROBOTICON) Infinite Recharge Livestream from AMRoC – Teams share their Innovation Challenge entries – Watch on Twitch.tv/ROBOTICONTB
  • March 19 – 6:30pm – Learn to Solder! Learn the basics of soldering, a key skill for small electronics work. Free. Max 10 participants.  Register here by noon, March 19.
  • March 27 – Uptown Tampa Redevelopment Focus Group – 6pm – Uptown Tampa residents are invited to participate in our 4th Saturday Uptown Tampa Community Collaborative Focus Group session at AMRoC Fab Lab exploring the redevelopment underway in the Uptown/University area, along with the challenges of gentrification as well as how to maximize the opportunities for residents, and how residents can have an active voice in upcoming changes. Register to attend here.

AMRoC Stars 

So many wonderful shout outs to share this month!

Kudos to Oscar, a student at the USF Learning Academy, for helping us test a computer refurbishment training program, in partnership with eSmart Recycling.  Oscar is a quick study and in just three weeks, with no previous experience, has already refurbished over a dozen computers!

Shout Out to USF Honors student Maha, and her growing team of sewers, who are producing the clear face masks that Maha has spent the last couple of months refining  a design for.  The masks are being produced for the Audiology Department at USF and will also be made available to others via the open sourced pattern.

Congratulations to our new Equinent (Equity in Entrepreneurship cohort, which just started their 12-week Start Up Studio at AMRoC Fab Lab.  Businesses range from a hair salon, to a test kitchen, a fitness company, lawn care and more! Stay tuned here and at Equinent.com to learn more about our participants and their mentors and to follow along on their journey to entrepreneurship.

Keep your eye on the kiosk in front of AMRoC, too, where you’ll be able to meet past and current Equinent participants, doing market research and demoing products and services, starting with Slay Bay Beauty this week.

Missed this Equinent session? Sign up for our next one, starting in late summer or early fall, hosted in partnership with Grow to Greatness Ventures.

Go Teams!  All our youth robotics teams are hard at work during their remote competition seasons, in various stages of building, programming and practicing for judged interviews.  Interested in future robotics and drone team opportunities? Sign up here.

Thank you to our wonderful and growing team of Volunteers – to Dennis, and Will, and Ashleigh and Emilio, to our amazing youth robotics mentors, Ben and Raymond and Jeff, and our Equinent Mentors and so many others who dedicate their time and expertise to helping keep AMRoC humming along!  Want to join the volunteer team? Sign up here – Volunteers giving 15 hours or more a month receive free membership to AMRoC Fab Lab and access to all resources and equipment.

We’re grateful to all our amazing community partners and volunteers who make the scope and diversity of our programming at AMRoC Fab Lab possible!

Coming Soon!

HADO Florida, an augmented reality game similar to dodge ball, is taking up resident at AMRoC Fab Lab this spring, thanks to a partnership between the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation and Green Mouse Academy, with support from PLUGHITZ Productions.  Enjoy a look at our recent team training session  and look for more info soon!

Drone Teams – Look for drone racing and other game play opportunities later this summer, in partnership with Tampa Drones, after we finish drone proofing our TechSports field!

SMART CITY Summer Camp for ages 8-14 will be on the calendar soon, with registration information soon!  Students in this series of half day summer camps will explore Automation and Transportation (Robotics & Drones), Design & Civil Engineering, Sustainability, Technical Arts (digital design, graphic arts, programming),  and 21st Century Health & Wellness.

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