Team Duct Tape had a full and insightful evening at the Tampa Bay Engineers Banquet this past Friday, held in celebration of National Engineers Week. The team enjoyed sharing both an information table and the dinner table with Hillsborough High School’s Team Hydra .
Team members were able to showcase their robot, and share the story of their FTC journey with attending engineers, offering opportunities for sponsorship and mentoring, as well as informing engineers about FIRST robotics. Team Duct Tape, along with Team Hydra, also helped out at the banquet by distributing event information sheets to the approximately 400 guests.
The keynote speaker at the dinner was AnnMarie Spexet, of Engineers Without Borders, a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. EWB implements sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.
In less than 10 years, it has become one of the fastest growing engineering societies in the US, with over 200 chapters across the United States, including sixteen in the state of Florida with two in the Tampa area (University of South Florida, and a Tampa area professional chapter). Projects are conducted in over 41 different countries, including the US, in coordination with community members, local organizations, local contractors, engineering students, professors, professional engineers in both the US and the local country.
The Engineers Banquet, like each event Team Duct Tape has attended, helped broaden team members’ perspectives and horizons and we’re grateful to FWCS-ASME for welcoming us to the event.