FIRST® Tech Challenge Team Duct Tape strives to promote FIRST® and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) throughout our community and inspire others to obtain the necessary skills and experience for success in the global marketplace. Science is everywhere in the world around us and technology is continuously expanding in every aspect of our lives. Team Duct Tape continues to inspire innovation, self-confidence, communication, and leadership in all of our endeavors through STEM related activities and projects. Each year we are tasked to raise funds to build a competitive robot, which serves as the vehicle to gain necessary skills for success.
That’s right – we did it! We earned the Connect Award at the Florida FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship, and a spot at the FIRST Tech Championship in Houston in April. We join six other Florida teams, all from Tampa Bay and Central Florida:
- 516 Gears of Fire, of Palm Harbor University High School
- 3101 Boom Bots, also of Palm Harbor University High School
- 4227 Metal Morphosis, of Hagerty High School, Oviedo
- 4997 Masquerade, of Middleton High School, Tampa
- 7203 KNO3, of HB Plant High School, Tampa
- 7447 Super 7, a community team in Oviedo
We’re one of the oldest teams in the bunch, at 11 years old, next to Gears of Fire. But it’s been a while since our team has made it to the international Championship event, so we’re super excited, and grateful for the opportunity to compete at the higher level, where we’ll face off against – and with – 160 of the best teams from around the world. We’re especially excited to represent for our new home base, the Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) Fab Lab, under development by our nonprofit sponsor, Foundation for Community Driven Innovation, at University Mall near the University of South Florida.
We’ve been building at our new location since the ROBOT League Championship, and have been able to connect with new mentors, as well enjoy easy access to everything from 3D printers to power tools. We’re the first of what will be four “house” teams at AMRoC, which will include programming for FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Robotics Competition teams, as well as FIRST Tech Challenge.
Now it’s back to the workbench to refine our robot further, and do everything we can to be competitive at the international level. And we’re inviting all the Championship-bound teams to a Scrimmage at AMRoC with us, on March 30 . Additionally, AMRoC welcomes teams to use the FIRST Tech Challenge field and build space to meet and practice, in readiness for Houston.
Thank you to everyone, from our families to our mentors, for helping guide us to such a successful season this year!
Now we can use a little more help getting to Houston. Please consider becoming a Team Duct Tape sponsor and helping us complete this final stage of Rover Ruckus season!