Mississippi Power sponsors countless educational programs including FIRST® robotics. Mississippi Power is committed to education today in order to ensure a more powerful Mississippi tomorrow. Mississippi Power wants to have a part in ensuring that Mississippi students are ready to learn, ready to grow, and ultimately, ready to work. Because of the technological world in which children are living, Mississippi Power supports programs that support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Since 2007, Mississippi Power has been a steadfast supporter of Mississippi youth through its support of the FIRST® LEGO® League program in Mississippi.
Robotics alliance of Mississippi
making a difference in the lives of Mississippi youth since 2002
What started out as a cluster of seven FIRST LEGO League teams on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2002 steadily increased to nearly eighty teams state-wide in 2017. Hurricane Katrina nearly squashed Mississippi's FIRST LEGO League program in 2005, but dedicated volunteers persevered because they wanted to continue to provide Mississippi youth with access to this STEM program aka "Sport for the Mind."
In 2013, the Mississippi FIRST LEGO League program expanded beyond a single championship to accommodate all the registered teams. As a result, a qualifying level was added to the competition season bringing local events nearer to teams geographically. In addition to growing to a level where another level of competition was necessary, the program migrated north from Gautier to Hattiesburg to Vicksburg. Moving forward, the Mississippi FIRST LEGO League Championship will be located in the Jackson-Metro area.
The Robotics Alliance of Mississippi (RAM) is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting academic leadership and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs in Mississippi. RAM is affiliated with FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, a non-profit organization with partners in over seventy Countries worldwide. Founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST inspires students with programs such as FIRST® Robotics Competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge, FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior. These programs provide a continuum that supports students studying in the STEM field from a young age until they enter college.