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Developing our future

Toho Water Authority (Toho) is helping to support student success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Workforce development and preparation in STEM is a crucial element in providing the future skilled workforce Toho needs to ensure responsible water supply stewardship and education for generations to come. This year Toho was a sponsor for the STEM Alliance of Central Florida which helps bring in-class programs such as Engineering is Elementary (EiE) and Lego EV3 Robotics into the classroom.
Toho was able to experience the benefits of STEM first hand when a First Lego League team stopped by to present this year’s challenge of hydrodynamics. The Nanobots team came and presented their solution to saving water. Before going to the competition, their challenge stipulated they had to present their idea to water professionals so who better to call than their local water authority. The team designed a device that could be fitted to a showerhead. It was a lighted timer that would turn off the shower after a set time period. Lights would light up at different intervals letting you know how much time you had left and when the shower was about to finish. Every year First Lego League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop solutions. The students learn to apply STEM concepts and their imagination to solve a problem. Through this, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications and even presentation skills.
Toho is proud to partner with organizations that allow students to not only understand technology but to become masters of it.