Super excited to be heading to the 2017 South Super Regional in Athens, GA March 23-25, after being part of the Winning Alliance with teams Super 7 and Mechromancers at the Florida FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship a few weeks ago!
We’re very grateful to the Tampa Bay Robotics Foundation for defraying event registration costs, but we still need to pay for travel, food and lodging. To help reduce costs for families, we’re holding a Game Night Fundraiser Friday, March 17 at our new home at Regency Park Library in New Port Richey.
It’s a donation based fundraiser, totally free to
attend and play games, enjoy some food and see TDT’s 2017 robot, built for the Velocity Vortex game.
Give what you can, if you can, and if you can’t give, just come play with us and see why FIRST Tech Challenge is such an awesome engineering competition.
Hopefully you’ve been keeping up with the FIRST Tech Challenge blog in the last few weeks, and if you have, you might have seen some allusions to game hints there, like on July 1 for instance. Check out some of the posts after that, too, to see if anything looks promising. Even you don’t see any game hints, you’ll get lots of good information for you new season.
Either way, you’ve got from now until September 9 to enter your best guess for the 2016-17 FIRST Tech Challenge game. The team that comes closest to the actual game wins a handmade duct tape gift! (Last year’s winner took home an awesome RD D2 made out of duct tape.)
Good luck, and Go Teams!
Paul Markun, who recently received the Compass Award at the Florida FTC State Championship for his support of our community based FIRST youth robotics team for more than seven years, has come into financial difficulties and is in danger of losing his workshop. He’s given so much to us over the years, that we want to do something for him, and we’ve launched a YouCaring Campaign fundraiser to help him keep his doors open.
Paul spent hundreds of hours after work and on weekends showing students the finer aspects of metrology (the science of measurement), elegant engineering design and build practices, and proper tool use, as well as providing invaluable training and experience in the use of large and sophisticated machine tools to which students would otherwise never have had access.
Paul never said no to our team members – not when business was good and he was very busy, and not when business fell off. He never said no when he felt well, and could have been off doing other things, nor when he broke his shoulder and had other health problems and could have used some peace and quiet. Always he was there for our youth, in person, on the phone and by email. He came to events to watch them compete and watched Livestreams when they traveled for competitions.
Throughout all this time, Paul never once asked for help for anything, not even when things got really bad. So we have stepped forward to offer it. We want to give back to Paul for all his years and hundreds of hours of kindness, support and guidance, and we are asking you to help us help our friend and mentor.
Please visit our YouCaring page to learn more and Pay It Forward For Paul!
Thank you for helping us help a great mentor!