Meet Team Duct Tape

  Team Duct Tape 11.0

Meet this year’s team, hailing from around Pasco County, FL, public and homeschooled team members come together at least once a week to meet at the Regency Park Public Library makerspace in Pasco County, FL



Meet the Team!

Hi, my name is Akhilesh, and I am a 14 year old in 9th grade at Middleton High School home of the Tigers. I am a rookie at Team Duct Tape this year and am excited for what this season holds for me. This is also my first year with FIRST. I got into this from my fellow neighbor Maalav who is a co-captain on this team. After many years of seeing him making cool things like an Amazon Echo and teaching me cool things about robotics I decided I wanted to try it for myself. I plan on being on the Mechanical Team and learning about it this year and understanding how it works. Also, in the future I plan on joining the Drive Team, however this year being my rookie year I plan on allowing the veteran Driving Team to focus on that.

Now about my personal life out of Robotics. Currently, I swim competitively for Swim Tampa Aquatics with my favorite strokes being Breaststroke and Freestyle, my goal is to get a Junior Olympic cut one day. I also played baseball and have played with many great teams that have taught me the importance of teamwork. Last but not least I also run 5K’s, where in my last one I got 3rd place overall and 1st place in kids, so I ended up winning $50. This was a great accomplishment which I was proud of considering I ran the one before with an extremely hurt back. In school my favorite subject is Social Studies, since I enjoy learning about past events and also understanding politics in what is mostly an unbiased place.

Currently, I have also joined the highly esteemed Middleton Engineering Program and hope to earn many industry certifications such as in Inventor and AutoCAD. I hope to not only earn User Certifications but also professional ones. I also hope to earn a Revit User Certification, since one day I either want to be an House Architect or a Sports GM in either: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, or Soccer, then one day own a team itself. My favorite sports teams are the Tampa Bay Rays in baseball, Miami Heat in Basketball, San Francisco 49ers in Football, and Tampa Bay Lightning in Hockey. In my spare time I love hanging out with friends and playing basketball and other sports at my neighborhood clubhouse. This is all about me and I hope to have a great first year here in the FIRST Tech Challenge with Team Duct Tape 2845

My name is Evan and I am a 15 year old 10th grader that is home-schooled and enrolled at St. College. My ultimate goal is to attend MIT and become a cybersecurity engineer for the National Security Agency. I also work part-time at Code Ninjas as a programming instructor. I enjoy programming and have experience in several languages, especially those pertaining to robotics. Additionally, I am a Young Member of the New York Academy of Sciences and was accepted into the Youth Leadership Pasco program. As a part of Team Duct Tape, I hope to learn from the veteran members of the team and I aspire to contribute to the team in an innovative way.

Hi, my name is Shrey and I am a sophomore at East Lake High School in their engineering program. This is my third year with Team Duct Tape and my seventh year with FIRST. I enjoy drawing and developing videos. This season I will be on the mechanical team. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish this season. Go Team Duct Tape!

Hi, my name is Tanmay and I love building and playing video games. Some other hobbies that I love are making Origami models. I have made several 3D origami models such as an origami swan, angry birds, penguin, fish, etc. I have also made some pretty cool gadgets like Ninja stars, waterbombs, and blow shooters. I love playing Battle Royale games and I like to make YouTube videos about them. I’m also really skilled with technology, so that is why I make How-To tutorial videos.

I love Photoshop, and everything about it. Photoshop is my main hobby that I truly love, and can do any day. I also love to go outside with my friends. We like to bike to Publix, play in playgrounds, in fields, and even in our street. I have a little brother named Aarnav who is 8 years old. He is in the FIRST Lego League Jr. and we love to play with each other. I currently go to Seven Springs Middle School, which is an amazing school, and I am in 7th grade. I love school, and my favorite subjects are Math and ELA. I like to play with Legos with my friends and my brother. I have a bunch of models in my room. In Robotics, since I love technology, I also love CAD which is pretty fun to use and work with. In this season of Robotics, I want to learn more about how robots are built, and I want to learn more about programming.

My name is Luke  and I am a 14 year old homeschooled student in 8th grade. I love aviation and aspire to become a pilot one day. I am also involved in the Sheriff Junior Explorer’s program. I believe being part of this robotics team will help me collaborate with others, give me a deeper understanding of robotics, and give me the opportunity to have social interactions with peers that have similar interests.

Hi, my name is Maalav  and I am in the 10th grade. This is my third season with Team Duct Tape and sixth year with FIRST. I enjoy programming, astronomy, and anything to do with aerospace. I am on the programming team this season and I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish!

Hi I’m William and I am in 9th grade, I like to build RC planes, ride my bike, Raccoons, and I’m interested in learning about the mechanism we will use to hang the robot.



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