Originally appeared in Bradenton Herald
By Meghin Delaney
January 15, 2016
BRADENTON — With grand plans to cut down on the time it takes wandering grocery store aisles to creating water bottles that tell you when the water becomes unsafe, five student projects from the State College of Florida Collegiate School are headed to Tampa Tuesday to compete with students across the region.
Countywide projects in the annual Bright House Bright Ideas competition were whittled down last week to the five Manatee County finalists from the State College of Florida Collegiate School. On Tuesday, the students will compete at the regional level, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.
Students from Pinellas, Citrus, Polk, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties are also part of the competition. One winner will be selected to represent Tampa Bay in the final round of competition, where one finalist from each of Bright House Networks six service areas will be selected to compete at the national competition. These six finalists will travel to Orlando, and compete in front of a studio audience. The grand prize winner will have the chance to work with a leading innovation firm to build a virtual prototype and a business plan.