Team Duct Tape had a full and insightful evening at the Tampa Bay Engineers Banquet this past Friday, held in celebration of National Engineers Week. The team enjoyed sharing both an information table and the dinner table with Hillsborough High School’s Team Hydra .
Team members were able to showcase their robot, and share the story of their FTC journey with attending engineers, offering opportunities for sponsorship and mentoring, as well as informing engineers about FIRST robotics. Team Duct Tape, along with Team Hydra, also helped out at the banquet by distributing event information sheets to the approximately 400 guests.
The keynote speaker at the dinner was AnnMarie Spexet, of Engineers Without Borders, a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. EWB implements sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.
In less than 10 years, it has become one of the fastest growing engineering societies in the US, with over 200 chapters across the United States, including sixteen in the state of Florida with two in the Tampa area (University of South Florida, and a Tampa area professional chapter). Projects are conducted in over 41 different countries, including the US, in coordination with community members, local organizations, local contractors, engineering students, professors, professional engineers in both the US and the local country.
The Engineers Banquet, like each event Team Duct Tape has attended, helped broaden team members’ perspectives and horizons and we’re grateful to FWCS-ASME for welcoming us to the event.
A couple of Team Duct Tape members are joining the Florida West Coast Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at this week’s Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet.
Held to mark Engineers Week, this year’s banquet merges the Celebrate Engineering Banquet and the E-Week Banquet to bring together professionals in all fields from all around Tampa and Florida’s west coast to recognize the outstanding achievements of Engineers, Science Teachers, Math Teachers, and Students in our community.
Team Duct Tape is honored to have been invited to join in the event, and will be on hand with our robot and lots of information about FIRST Tech Challenge, and how others can be part of this terrific program.
Team Duct Tape would like to thank the Florida West Coast Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for graciously sponsoring the team’s participation in the Florida FTC State Championship, which will be held on February 28, 2009 at the University of South Florida Campus Recreation Center.
Team Duct Tape is deeply grateful to the FWCS-ASME for your generosity, and for your moral and academic encouragement. We will work hard to honor your trust and support by exemplifying FIRST ideals of excellence and Gracious Professionalism in all we do.
However we fare at the state tournament, your gifts of kindness, mentorship and expertise will sustain team members far beyond their high school robotics experience and well into their futures.