What a ride the season has been so far. We realized we hadn’t posted an update to the Guess the Game game. Galactic Squirrels up in Gainesville won!
The season to date from September on has been an interesting one, to say the least. Meeting online at the start of the season, we moved to in person meetings by late September, and have been meeting in-person and online ever since, masked and with lots of hand sanitizing. And we also gained four new team members!Continue reading →
As we move to more online programming, one of the our first offerings this summer is a three day “Intro to CAD” class offered by team member, Maalav. With several students set to graduate this year, we want to make sure everyone is cross trained on as many team roles and skillsets as possible, especially our new team members.
Our introductory Computer Aided Design class runs July 10-12, 11am to noon each day. Continue reading →
TDT members are pulling out all the stops in a headlong rush to our next ROBOT League meet on Saturday, December 8 at Middleton High School. There’s a lot of ground to make up, but team members are in good spirits, with new skills falling into place with fresh understanding after their first competition.
Bennett’s making hay with the CAD, and Mark’s knocking out the programming, while Ryder, Matthew, and Joshua make short work of robot mechanical reconstruction. The team is clicking, meshing teamwork gears as nicely as robot gears. Feeling festive in the fine early winter Florida weather, everyone got in a hot chocolate break and in a mellow moment, collectively decided to name this year’s robot – Sheldon!
Why? Why not?!
Tomorrow night, team members head over to Suncoast Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers meeting, to showcase their work and speak with SME members about this year’s design and build process and the team’s FIRST competition
experiences so far.
Saturday, TDT meets at Super Mentor Paul Markun’s Tampa Technik shop, and Sunday, some team members will be volunteering at Learning is for Everyone’s TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2012 event – where they’ll get to hear former FRC student and current UCF Marketing studies senior, Tim Arnold, who also describes himself as an”innovator and disruptor”, as well as other great young presenters – while others will be meeting for drive practice.
It’s a whirlwind week, but Team members – and Sheldon! – are up to it!