The Tampa Bay Business Journal and the Tampa Bay Technology Forum are partnering for the 2013 BizTech/CoolTECH Awards and Expo, recognizing innovative technology companies in the Bay Area. And once again, with great thanks to the event organizers, Team Duct Tape will be there, participating for our 4th year in a row, to showcase our FIRST tech to event goers.
The “innovative technology” we bring to the table is technically literate high school students who are becoming well versed in programming, CAD, mechanical engineering and business development thanks to collaborative partnerships with area businesses, and the support of mentors from the professional community.
We believe nurturing a scientifically and technologically literate generation is of utmost importance in our society at all levels, and all ages. Inspiring youth at the community level brings us closer to FIRST founder Dean Kamen’s transformative vision of “a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.”
Team Duct Tape students emerge from their FIRST Tech Challenge experience with improved academic and workforce readiness skills that make them assets to their communities and to area businesses. We’re grateful for the opportunity for our students to show what they’re learning to others, and to learn from others what their growing knowledge makes possible for them in the future.