Category Archives: Scholarships

We’re Going to the World Championship!

Connect Award Winners & Inspire Award Runner Up!

It was – quite literally! – a day of highs and lows. High flying scissor lifts that brought in a new world record score of 584 and one of our team members, Ethan L., winning a coveted Embry-Riddle Scholarship, worth $20,000,   and the lows of a tough game full of scoring challenges. The high score wasn’t ours, but it’s Florida’s and we’re proud!  And we’re really proud of Ethan!

Coming to TDT as a 13 year old apprentice three years ago, Ethan has become an integral member of the team whose solid, goal-oriented work ethic is a key part of our success as a team.

Our own performance on the field, while solid, wasn’t as competitive as we’d like, due to the phenomenal competition posed by ridiculously high performing elevators and scissor lifts.  But while our ranking on the field was low, we flew high in overall team performance, bringing in the Connect Award and

– thanks to a state lottery win – a slot in the World Championship as Inspire Award runners up!  (Congrats to Inspire Award Winners Dent n the Universe, and Finalist Alliance Captains, Minotaur  whoops – that’s 4997 Winning Alliance Captain, Masquerade! – right school, wrong team – Minotaur was in the Winning Alliance though, along with Dent in the Universe. Thanks for catching our error, Brick Buddies!)

All that hard work really paid off for team members, who put in an

Thanks to all our great family and friends!

enormous amount effort, and exemplary teamwork readying for the Championship and at the Championship, where they played hard and with great spirit all day long.

TDT members, including alumni Aaron at left, enjoy a celebratory dinner.

Many thanks to all the wonderful friends, family members, mentors and supporters who do so much for these remarkable students, and set such a wonderful example of kindness, friendship, and greatness of spirit.

Now we’ve got a lot of work to do – and a really short time to do it!

More pictures soon!

Team Duct Tape Open to New Members for 2010-11 Season!

new-logo-2-smallTeam Duct Tape has room for four new students this fall. Our community based team is comprised of public, private and homeschooled high school students, ages 14-18, from the Odessa (Pasco/NW Hillsborough) area.    We’re kicking off our third season in August, and invite interested students to check out our website and consider applying to be a team member.

We’d especially love to have some girls on board.  No previous experience necessary, just an interest in science, math, engineering or technology. FIRST offers millions of dollars in scholarships to participating students each year.  TDT members invest a considerable amount of time in their team — 4-8 hours a week, depending on competition schedules – but the return on your investment is enormous: We visit area engineering firms and tech businesses, work with a lot of professionals in a variety of fields ranging from engineering to graphic design to business management, everyone eats well and we enjoy a lot of fun together!

If you want to Be Part of Team Duct Tape, please visit our membership pages to learn more: or drop us a line at

FTC Senior Mentor Call RE: FIRST Scholarship Program – Oct. 29@7pm EST

TDT wants to help get word out about these great FIRST scholarship opportunities. Even if you’re unable to participate in the call, please visit the FIRST scholarship page or contact Nancy via the contact information given below. FIRST is more than fun, it can help pave your future!


Richard Levey – FIRST Senior Mentor, Chicago
Nancy Rosenberg – FIRST Scholarship Manager
Thursday, October 29, 2009 7:00 pm (East Coast Time)

Questions about the FIRST Scholarship Program?
Contact Nancy at or call 603-666-3906 x 451.

General Overview of FIRST Scholarships
· Kinds of Scholarships
· Who can apply
· When and How to Apply
· The Role of FIRST

Current Status of FIRST Scholarships (as of 10/20/09)
· FRC – Over $11M / over 650 scholarship opportunities / over 125 scholarship providers
· FTC – Over $7M / over 400 scholarship opportunities / over 90 scholarship providers
· 3 new scholarship providers (more will be added by end of season)
· 8 scholarships discontinued or put on hold this year (because of current economic downturn)
· Many current scholarship providers increased scholarship amount or quantity this year.

Why Some FIRST Scholarships Go Unused
· Scholarships offered but not accepted
· Not enough applicants – lost opportunities

What Can Mentors and Coaches Do to Help Students Get FIRST Scholarships?
· Encourage awareness of careers in Engineering, Science, and Technology fields
o Help students be aware of possibilities
· Encourage awareness of FIRST Scholarship Program
o Resources:
§ FIRST Scholarship PowerPoint Presentation
§ 2009 FIRST Scholarship Tri-fold brochure
§ 2010 FIRST Scholarships Listed by State
§ FIRST Scholarship FAQs –

o Reach students, parents, mentors, high school guidance counselors
· Encourage students to research FIRST scholarships

o How to use the 2010 FIRST Scholarship Opportunities listing ( )

o Visit website of scholarship providers

o Scholarship activities at Regional and Championship Events
· Encourage/help students to apply for FIRST Scholarships

o Workshop on how to apply (get guidance counselor involved)

o Past scholarship winners

o One-on-one help with applications

o Student Essays – (encourage student to read requirements carefully, give examples, proof-read)
· Letters of Recommendation from mentors and teachers

o Schedule time

o Find out what scholarship provider is looking for

o Be concise, be clear, be honest

How to call: 1-800-503-2899 –  Access code: 6663906

*Please note there are only 150 lines open for these calls, first-come, first-serve. All calls are recorded.


FIRST TM (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

Being a Gracious Professional involves respecting yourself, your team, other teams, and everyone around you. It is a way of doing things with a competitive spirit, without making anyone feel like a loser. Gracious Professionalism is a way of interacting with other people respectfully, doing excellent work, and promoting teamwork and appreciation of others.