Team Duct Tape heads to 2009-10 World Championship in Atlanta, April 14-17

TDT accepts Connect Award

TDT accepts Connect Award

Months of hard work, improving our robot after each competition, working on perfecting design ideas, meeting with mentors, developing strong programming, and great teamwork and communications paid off at the FTC Florida State Championship yesterday, when Team Duct Tape earned the Connect Award, ranked 1st in the Qualification matches in a field of 25 teams, and captained the Winning Alliance , earning a spot in the 2009-10 FIRST World Championship!

It was a day where almost everything went right. (There’s a first time for everything!) TDT won every match, including one on only the strength of our autonomous program, since our robot failed right after that.   And during the elimination rounds, we led our alliance, which included Inspire Award winners Team 2868, Smoke and Mirrors, and our Last Shot qualifier alliance partners, Alonso High School’s  Team 3837, Force Applied, to score 500 points!  It was a fun and exciting day, start to finish.

We feel  very honored to have received the Connect Award, given to the team “that most connected with their local community and the engineering community. A true FIRST team is more than a sum of its parts, and recognizes that their schools and communities play an essential part to their success. The recipient of this award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FIRST Tech Challenge, and the team itself. The team that wins this award is aggressively reaching out to engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology. In addition, this team has a clear fundraising goal and plan to achieve that goal.”
The TDT Super Cube!

The TDT Super Cube!

Especially since we couldn’t have been as successful in our State Championship experience without all the great people and organizations with which we connected throughout the year.  TDT is a remarkable team of warm, big hearted, dedicated high school students, but they’re no more remarkable than the incredible team of parents, community groups, mentors and sponsors who encouraged, taught, and supported Team Duct Tape.  

Thank you, and we hope to do you all proud in Atlanta!  Look for more State Championship pictures soon.


2 responses

  1. Congrats to Team Duct Tape. We are confident that You and Smoke and Mirrors will represent Florida well at the World Championships. Too bad our finals weren’t as exciting as Middleton but your ‘bot was running great at the State Championship. There was no way we were going catch you even if we were firing on all cylinders. It is good to see that the two best robots are the two robots going to Atlanta.



  2. Thanks, Skynet! You’re a great competitor and we had a lot of fun in the company of such great FIRST Tech Challenge teams. We’ll do our best in joining Smoke and Mirrors to represent Florida FTC in finest spirit of FIRST!


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