Team members’ hard work and unified presence, on the field and off, earned them the Inspire Award at Middleton Madness this past weekend, and a spot at the FTC State Championship at Embry Riddle in Daytona in February!
It was touch and go with the robot sometimes, in what is definitely a challenging game. In the end, we ranked 12 in a
field of 16 – definitely not our best performance. But all our matches were well played, thanks to a strong autonomous and some skilled driving that made the best of some heavy penalty matches, despite best intentions to avoid them.
Fortunately, the game is definitely about more than field performance, which can sometimes be at the mercy of luck and circumstance. And Team Duct Tape has all the essential elements in place, from a great team video, to a well-articulated and thoroughly documented design process to extensive community outreach that so far this year has taken us to 20 events and programs in the Central Florida area showcasing FIRST.
With four new students this year, all new to FTC and two with no previous FIRST experience at all, Team Duct Tape’s great spirit and strong sportsmanship is truly evident in this, our fourth season, and we’re proud of our great group of students, who clearly put the good of their team first, and whose warmth and friendship is evident in all they do. Great job, team!
Now it’s back to the workbench. Our second competition is in January and we’ve got some lessons learned to apply! Many, many thanks to all the great folks who helped make our great showing at Middleton Madness possible, from terrifically patient Coach Mike, to the wonderful gift of practice space from one of our families, to the financial contributions of the Dunedin Rotary Club, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Golf Car Depot and the Breakfast Nook – where we hope to see friends and supporters on Friday evening, for our TDT Benefit Dinner .(We definitely need help and support for our trip to Daytona Beach for 11 families!)
Enjoy the game day slide show below!
TDT enjoyed visiting the Dunedin Rotary Club yesterday, and telling members about FIRST and their FTC experiences. The robot was pretty rough but our Chrises were in good form, and were able to talk about the Get Over It! challenge and their build design process. They showed Rotary Club members some of their Pro/ENGINEER designs and talked about their team experiences. Everyone seemed to enjoy hearing about FIRST and we took the opportunity to encourage Rotary members to share their time and expertise with students in their areas.
It was a lot of fun and we hope to come back and visit with the Rotary Club again in the future!