It was a great three days of acronyms, fun and learning! Team Duct Tape spent June 7-9 at the PTC/USERS 2009 World Event, running exhibition games with teams Exploding Bacon, Hydra, Rogue Robotics, Domino Effect , Minotaur, and Mechancial Flightless Waterfowl, attending hands on workshops about Pro/ENGINEER, and informing lots and lots of people about FIRST robotics.
We especially enjoyed hearing keynote speaker, and FIRST chairmen John Abele share his reflections and experiences on everything from the value of disruptive innovation to the power of self-organizing groups to drive discovery and achievement, as in his story about the exploration of the USS Grunion.
We met people with great energy and enthusiasm, like Christina Carter of EMS-USA in
Tampa, and Jon Dickinson of Enser Corporation in Orlando, who showed not only interest in FIRST students’ work but deep appreciation for it, as well.
Team Duct Tape, along with Exploding Bacon, also gave a short presentation about their FIRST experiences the morning of June 9 at an
Informational Breakfast. It was a great opportunity to showcase student efforts to make the most of the CAD gifts PTC has made to FTC, as well as to reach out on behalf of FIRST to encourage more mentoring and support of FIRST robotics teams.
We also took a side trip over to Electronic Arts Tiburon studios in Orlando, where EA software engineer Ryan Burkett, who is also a FIRST volunteer, arranged for Team Duct Tape members to meet with programmers, artists, and game interface designers to learn how they bring their wide ranging skill sets together to create remarkable games like Tiger Woods Golf and Madden Football. Ryan also set some
time aside to show interested TDT members how to use particle physics to simulate visual game effects, definite icing on the cake for our programmers.
As John Abele pointed out: Shift Happens – Our students are at the cutting edge of our future, and with the help and support of all the great people who have shared their time, talent, interest and experience with them, they’ll create a great future of us as well as for themselves!
We’ll be at the FIRST pavilion there, demonstrating last season’s FTC Face Off! competition and helping inform guests about FIRST and FTC.
The morning of June 9th, we’ll be giving a short presentation about our team and then will listen to the key note speech by FIRST Chairman John Abele, before heading over to Electronic Arts Tiburon studios to learn about game design and programming.
We’ll finish out our three day adventure with a final exhibition session back at the PTC conference that afternoon.
We’re really excited about the whole outing, and look forward to playing Face Off!, hanging out with the other teams, and sitting in on some of the workshops, panel discussions and presentations, too.
By golly, we’re getting it! Team Duct Tape and Berkeley Prep RoboBucs members enjoyed a second day of ProE expertise from McCormick-Stevenson engineers. Nat McCormick was especially helpful with his informative and enthusiastic guidance.
Team members will continue to fine tune their knowledge of ProEngineer throughout the summer and hope to be able to completely design their robot using ProE in the new season.
In the meantime, Team Duct Tape members will be showcasing both their fledgling CAD skills and their prowess on the playing field at the upcoming PTC Users World Event in Orlando next weekend, where we’ll be providing game play demonstration throughout the event, and giving a team presentation to conference attendees the morning of June 9.
We’ll also be touring Electronic Arts in Orlando on the 9th. It just keeps getting better and better!
Many, many thanks to McCormick-Stevenson for all your guidance and encouragement, and for the great treat of pizza for lunch! We’re grateful and happy to count this great engineering firm among Team Duct Tape sponsors and supporters!