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Meet Team Duct Tape

Meet Team Duct Tape 9.0!




ryderRyder – Mechanical Lead

17 years old – 6th Season
Hi! I’m Ryder. I am on the Mechanical , CAD, and videography team. I am in 12th grade and attend SPC. I have been in the Boy Scouts since first grade and I am a Eagle Scout. I enjoy robotics, videography, and camping. You can check out some of my work at our TDT YouTube Channel!


bennettBennett – Mechanical Team

17 years old – 5th Season
I attend Steinbrenner HS and my hobbies – other than robotics – include varsity tennis, track, Army JROTC, and golf. My goal is to attend West Point and pursue a career in the Army or to attend the Air Force Academy and become a fighter pilot.


jacobJacob – Team Lead

17 years old – 4th Season
I am a Life Scout in the BSA, working on my Eagle Scout rank. I am excited for this year because I have a passion for STEM and helping my community. I also duel enroll at St.Petersburg College. I hope TDT and FIRST inspire others!
michaelMichael – Programming Lead

15 years old – 2nd Season
I’m Dual-Enrolled at St. Petersburg College and this is my second season with Team Duct Tape. My dream career is to work in the Air force as an officer, and I want to attend the University of Southern Florida to get a bachelors degree in either business, engineering, or medical. Besides FTC, I am in the United States Air Force Auxiliary the Civil Air Patrol (U.S.A.F C.A.P). My hobbies include animation, drawing, and piano.
claudiaClaudia – Mechanical Team

14 years old – 2nd Season
I am a home school freshman. I am presently also dual enrolling in St. Petersburg College. One of my goals is to become a mechatronics engineer. Other things that I enjoy include playing piano, drawing, and reading. Go Team Duct Tape!
aarushAarush – Programming Team

13 years old – 1st Season
Hi! I am Aarush. I’m an eighth grader at Williams Middle Magnet School. I enjoy programming and also like to play piano, viola, tennis, and chess. My favorite subjects are math and science. My goal is to become a doctor or a computer engineer when I grow up.
arkoArko – Mechanical Team

13 years old – 1st Season
I am Arko. I am 12 years old and I attend Williams Middle Magnet School. This is my first season in FTC after transitioning from FLL. Outside of robotics, I play soccer and am a fan of FC Barcelona. I also play the trumpet for my school band. My ambition is to be an electrical engineer. I am looking forward to an exciting and successful FTC season with Team Duct Tape.
dillonDillon – Mechanical Team

12 years old – 1st Season
Hi, my name is Dillon. I am 12 years old and I am in 7th grade. This is my first season on Team Duct Tape. I am so excited to be a part of this team. Some other things I do other than robotics is attend Roland Park K-8 IB school and play soccer on my free time. When I grow up I want to become a Medical Engineer when I grow up or a Doctor.
ishitaIshita – Mechanical Team

12 years old – 1st Season
I’m a seventh grader currently attending Williams Middle Magnet school, and I am excited to be a part of Team Duct Tape. Even though I’m a rookie member on this FTC team, I have been a part of a FLL team called the Lego Masterz for the last three years. Along with robotics, I love doing Indian classical dance, playing the piano, and I also play clarinet in my school’s band. Additionally, I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology. I’m looking forward to having a great year with Team Duct Tape.
maalavMaalav – Programming Team

13 years old – 1st Season
Hi! My name is Maalav and I am in 8th grade. I love engineering, computer programming, as well as anything to do with aerospace. I would like to become an aerospace engineer. This is my first year in FTC, but not my first year in FIRST, as I have participated in FLL for three years, with the Wizard Stormers. I am looking forward to an exciting season ahead!
shreyShrey – Programming Team

13 years old – 1st Season
Hi, my name is Shrey!   I have done four years of First Lego League and am looking forward to the challenges of FTC this year.  I am super excited to be part of Team Duct Tape.  I am currently in 8th grade taking several high school classes.  I am hoping to be accepted into Harvard University to become a Robotics Engineer.   I live by the words of Mahatma Gandhi “Be the change you want to seek in this world”.
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