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.
Our great programming mentors at Sumo Software are hosting a Game Night Fundraiser for Team Duct Tape. Enjoy a fun night playing a variety of tabletop games, enjoying pizza, snacks and beverages, meeting Team Duct Tape students and seeing this year’s robot in action! RSVP to info@Learningis4everyone.org to join in. Requested donation: $20/person. Thank you!
The Team Behind the Team
The thing is, though, we didn’t earn that honor all by ourselves. We earned it because of the support, guidance and encouragement of our great mentors, coaches, families, friends, and supporters. We’ve always said that the Team Behind the Team is what really makes TDT successful. That’s proven to be the case again this year, with our still relatively new team of students who polished their great programming, build, interview and teamwork skills through the help of remarkable professionals who dedicated hours of their time and attention to the team. Among the most important things our kids learn is that they fail or succeed together, and also that “success” doesn’t always equal “winning,” and that winning doesn’t always make you successful. They’ve also learned that it’s one thing to become successful and another thing to remain successful.
And with the success of the Inspire Award at the Florida State Championship come new challenges. Competing among the best teams in Florida was difficult. Competing among the best teams in the South will be even harder.
But Florida’s a highly competitive state, and we’ll be heading to the Super Regional with nine other amazing teams from around the state. In addition to TDT, the Florida teams that earned a spot at the Super Regional are:
- 1369 Minotaur – Tampa
- 3846 Maelstrom – Tampa
- 3888 Greased Lightning – Weston
- 4997 Masquerade – Tampa
- 5257 Eagles Robotics Experience – Delray Beach
- 5937 Renaissance Robotics – Apopka
- 6433 Neutrinos – Lakeland
- 6451 Tarpon Robotics Punta Gorda
- 7477 Super-7 – Oviedo
By the same token that it takes a village to make a team successful, we figure we’re all stronger competing together for Florida , than we are alone. So TDT started a group called Team Florida, for our South Super-Regional-bound Florida Teams to network, plan, practice and help each other help Florida make a strong showing. The Super Regional is a new experience for all of us, and while somewhat daunting, it’s fun to be able to be at a big event (72 teams from 12 southern states!) with so many home teams, something you don’t usually get to experience at the FTC World Championship.
How You Can Help
Of course, there are costs inherent in getting our team of ten to San Antonio, and securing lodging and meals there for three days. We can address the actual competition challenges – tweaking the robot, refining strategy, improving the engineering notebook and team presentation, practicing with other teams – but we need your help with the logistical challenges.