Category Archives: Science and Technology

Robotics: the Cutting Edge!

By Marissa Octavia

On Monday February 10th, Team Duct Tape visited the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) presentation called Robotics: the Cutting Edge! by Dr. Pierre Larochelle. At this seminar we explained and demonstrated our robot for the attendees. We talked about both our FTC season and accomplishments. We also met the FRC Team 4769 Nerdvana, their robot was impressive and we made some new friends. Dr. Pierre Larochelle talked about the past and the future of robotics.

Robots in the medical field have made outstanding improvements. For example patients with internal problems are now able to take a pill that take pictures from inside the body instead of cutting them open. Afterward we were then able to talk with people and go in depth about Team Duct Tape.

I had fun explaining and answering questions at the seminar. The seminar was very informative and it deepened my love for robotics. As I left the presentation, I had a better understanding of where robotics is heading in the near future.

Please Help FTC Team Duct Tape in the Engineering Our Future Contest!

 “Engineering Our Future”  is a Rockwell Automation video contest for FIRST® teams to share big ideas for improving communities and our world. The goal of the contest is ” to ignite the imaginations of this next generation of innovators and get them thinking about how they will apply the engineering skills they’re learning through FIRST to make a difference in their communities and our world.”

Always up for a video contest, plus the possibility of being among the top teams Rockwell Automation will split $10,000 between, Team Duct Tape entered their answer to the question, “What could your team engineer that would have a positive impact on your community and our world?” –  A Fresnel Lens Water Purification System.  You can see their video below.

The contest is decided by popular vote, with each person permitted one vote once per day until the contest ends on Nov. 29th.  We hope you’ll consider our video and a vote for Team Duct Tape. You do not have to register or give out any information to vote.

To vote:

1) Just go to http://www.rockwellautomation.com/news/110-anniversary/engineering-our-future.page

2) Select “click to vote

3) Find  and select our video on page eight in the video gallery, in the bottom right corner

4) Enjoy the video and if you feel Team Duct Tape’s got a good  idea that would

have positive impact on our community and our world – and we think the Fresnel Lens idea is a pretty good one! – then please vote for the team by clicking the VOTE button.

That’s it!   You can (and we hope you will!) vote once a day through November 29.

Thank you!

 

 

 

TDT @ BarCamp Tampa Bay 2013

Team Duct Tape joined Coleman Middle School FLL teams, Biohazardous and MiB, and FLL Wired Wildcats from Academy at the Lakes; FTC teams Maelstrom from Middleton High School, and Hydra from Hillsborough High School, and our sister team,  FRC Team 4769, from Dixie Hollins High School , along with Middleton’s Minotaur, Hillsborough FRC Hydra team, and Academy at the Lakes Wired Wildcats  FRC Team at Bar Camp Tampa Bay2013, at the University of South Florida College of Business, last Saturday.

It was a great event on many levels, not the least of which is that teams had not only a  friendly, interested and appreciative audience, but one that understood the intricacies of what they were doing.
TDT actually held their weekly team meeting at the event, something teams were encouraged to do so that BarCamp attendees could see the teams in the development stages of their robot builds.  During the course of the day, programmers got programming done, and builders completed a rather awesome little flag raiser.
It was a fun outreach event, but not we’ve got a Block Party to get ready for!