What started with a Zoom call two years ago became Florida A&M University’s partnership with leading energy company Chevron and nonprofit organization The Fab Foundation to launch a digital fabrication lab on campus.
The laboratory, called the “FAMU STR²EAM Chevron Innovation Fab Lab,” will serve the Tallahassee community and expose K-12 students to the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field.
“I dreamed about a lot of things growing up in the south side of Memphis, Tennessee, but I didn’t have a fab lab where I can go to turn those dreams and ideas into reality,” FAMU President Larry Robinson said during a Thursday event with Chevron executives as well as administrators and faculty members from both the FAMU College of Education and FAMU Developmental Research School.
“We’re always looking for a better way of doing things, but we don’t always have the resources necessary to make it happen,” he added. “Just imagine how important it would be to have a tool to do it here at Florida A&M University.”
“It’s really about making sure we’re getting the community involved in what they can do, but also, it’s an opportunity for students to upscale and learn a different skillset,” Chevron Senior Social Investment Advisor Karen Rawls said.
“This is a dream that has come to fruition,” Watson said, referring to the fab lab. “I am elated at the opportunity that we have on the highest of seven hills to carry out this vision.”
Excerpts from Tallahassee Democrat website article.
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During the month of October 2022, the FAMU DRS Beta Club adopted
Mrs. Tanya Drummond as their "Angel" to show acts of kindness, love, support, and encouragement. They created a "Believe Basket" containing cards, words of affirmation and encouragement, flowers, and some special trinkets for her.
The Beta Club "Believe Basket" was delivered by Ms. Bettye "Nikie" Lindsey, Beta Club Sponsor, to Ms. Drummond over the Thanksgiving Break. Upon receiving the beautiful, inspiring gift, Mrs. Drummond stated, "I am so grateful for the kindness shown to me from the FAMU DRS Beta Club. Thank you all so much!"
By Michelle Roberts and WCTV Staff
Published: Oct. 28, 2022 at 10:22 AM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — High school hoops is set to get underway in Florida. This week marked the first week of practice for girls teams in the Big Bend, including FAMU DRS, who missed out on Lakeland and the state final four for the first time in 11 seasons last year.
That team graduated a talented group of seniors, and head coach Ericka Cromartie knows this year will be a rebuilding year for her group. They're young in age and in game experience, but coach said she still scheduled a tough slate. She promises this group will still challenge themselves. "As a coach, your competitive so your goal is to win," she said. "At the same time, you still want to develop players. That's what we're trying to do. We're going to compete, don't get me wrong, we're going to compete and we definitely want to win, but at the same time, the most important goal is to develop players to be young women on and off the court. Regardless of what's going on, you're still going to compete, so my schedule wasn't going to change. Again, we're going to compete, we're going to play hard, and hopefully come out successful."
Preseason play begins November 8th for DRS, when they face Florida High.