Team Duct Tape was honored to be selected to represent FIRST Tech Challenge at this week’s Elliott Masie Learning 2011 Conference in Orlando. TDT students joined Exploding Bacon’s FRC team and FLL Team Party Boss in a fantastic day that included an opportunity to meet with FIRST founder Dean Kamen, in the morning, along with FIRST Vice Chairman John Abele (who received the Masie Learning Center’s Lifetime Learner Award) and FIRST president Jon Dudas.
Later, all the FIRST students went on stage with Dean and Elliott Masie to talk a bit about FIRST and to see FIRST awarded a $25,000 Learning Gives Back Grant from Masie Learning. And then the rest of the day was spent sharing FIRST with conference attendees, and enjoying some of the fantastic sessions. We stayed long enough to enjoy a storytelling session with actor John Lithgow, too, which was the icing on the cake of a really amazing day!
Tonight some of our students head out to the ASME-Florida West Coast Section November meeting,in Dunedin, to join up with FRC Team Thundercats to talk about this season’s challenge and FIRST in general. We’re really looking forward to it!
That and eventually getting our robot done!
Some Team Duct Tape members joined the Florida West Coast Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers on a great tour of the Port of Tampa yesterday. It was a terrific tour that included a boat trip all around Florida’s largest port, both in the amount of cargo processed and in size, at 5000 acres.
Besides cruise ships coming in and out of the port, we learned about the variety of cargo that comes through the area, which ranges from orange juice to fertilizer, oil and raw materials. And the Tampa Port is one of the biggest ship building and repair centers in the Southeast.
We even enjoyed the company of some dolphins during our tour.
All in all, it was a fun and informative tour around the port , and we’re very grateful to ASME for including us in this great opportunity to learn more about the engineering that goes into this economically critical part of our community.
Thank you Florida West Coast Section of the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers for your generous contribution to our World Championship journey. Your support is always appreciated and deeply valued!
Very special thanks to Foliage Design Systems, a Clearwater interior landscaping business whose owners live in the Odessa area, and whom we’re very happy to welcome among the growing community of local businesses supporting Team Duct Tape!