As we spend the last few days readying for the Houston FIRST Championship, we want to take some important time to say Thank You – Thank you to our mentors, family and friends, who have been doing so much to help us prepare for the international Houston FIRST Championship, and thank you to our sponsors, who are helping us meet expenses for this exciting opportunity.
One of our most generous donors this season is SOFWERX. SOFWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute, which is also FIRST LEGO League affiliate partner in North Florida, and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Located in Tampa, FL. SOFWERX’s goal is to bring the right minds together to solve challenging problems for the war fighter. But they do some amazing community good in the process.
SOFWERX is a huge friend of FIRST and STEM education in Tampa, annually donating over $10,000 to area teams, plus co-hosting an annual live FIRST Robotics Competition kick -off in partnership with our nonprofit fiscal sponsor, Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI). SOFWERX also provides professional engineering pre-bag & tag reviews for the FIRST Robotics Competition teams, and sponsors FIRST LEGO League tournaments in Hillsborough County. SOFWERX has also contributed to FCDIs Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) Fab Lab, where we’re the program’s first “house” team. SOFWERX also has a great internship program that many FIRST alumni have been part of, including our own Ryder Fitzpatrick.
We’re very grateful for their support and will do our best to make it loud and proud for SOFWERX and everyone helping us get to the FIRST Championship in Houston!
Team Duct Tape is helping FIRST Tech Challenge Team 14191 The Galactic Squirrels get word out about the Doolittle Institute Challenge to FIRST Teams in Florida!
Read on for their Call for Support and Please help!
A Message from the Galactic Squirrels
Team #14191, The Galactic Squirrels are teaming with the Doolittle Institute to Challenge First Teams in Florida to help rebuild First Lego League in the Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael.
Each FIRST Team donates one item to rebuild a Panhandle FIRST LEGO League team AND Challenges one other team to do the same.
Schools receive all the resources they need so they can simply build a team, build a robot and compete in the 2019 FIRST LEGO League Season. We want enough resources for 28 teams in the Florida Panhandle in 2019 season, the same as we had in 2017. We aim to have pledges of support by April 12th and donations in place by May 30th so we can notify schools and coaches they have everything they need for the 2019 season before the summer vacation begins.
Team Duct Tape members headed over to the Hillsborough High School Regional FIRST LEGO League Tournament Saturday morning, to cheer on FLL Teams Brick Buddies and TechnoForce , whom we’ve worked with and mentored. It was fun seeing all that raw FLL energy, and we had to head back to TDT HQ all too soon for our own meeting that afternoon.
But we’re happy to report that Technoforce earned 3rd place in Project Research (check out their great video) and are a 1st alternate for the FLL State Championship at Florida Institute of Technology on February 27.
And Brick Buddies won the Champion’s Award , the top FLL award for the team that most “passionately inspires and motivates others about the excitement of science and technology, solving problems, working as a team, and demonstrating respect and Gracious Professionalism.” Brick Buddies moves on to the Florida FLL State Championship at FIT, where we know they’ll do great! Congratulations, Brick Buddies!
We’re so proud of both these great teams, who so terrifically exemplify all that’s so wonderful about FIRST robotics! Go Teams!