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TDT Launches YouCaring Campaign for Mentor Paul Markun

Paul groupPaul 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, andlearning about the lathe 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 cutting carefullywatch 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 Paulkindness, 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!

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Off to Super Regionals

The Super Regional Championship in San Antonio, Texas is finally here and the whole team is excited to be packing up and heading west. Team Duct Tape is looking forward to judging, setting up, meeting new people, and having FUN!

Special thanks to Sumo Software for hosting a fun and exciting Game Night to raise help money for our trip to San Antonio. There were hot-dogs, snacks, beverages, and a variety of games provided that made the night a blast!

While preparing to travel, we were able to make tons of buttons to hand out at the competition with a tremendous amount of help from parents. We were also able to make more things out of duct tape swag, practice for judging, and both drive teams were able to sharpen their skills on the field. With only minor changes to the robot and presentation board, this past week has flown by.

We cannot wait for these next few days and we wish the best of luck and safe travels to all of the teams that are going to Super Regionals!

Please Help FTC Team Duct Tape in the Engineering Our Future Contest!

 “Engineering Our Future”  is a Rockwell Automation video contest for FIRST® teams to share big ideas for improving communities and our world. The goal of the contest is ” to ignite the imaginations of this next generation of innovators and get them thinking about how they will apply the engineering skills they’re learning through FIRST to make a difference in their communities and our world.”

Always up for a video contest, plus the possibility of being among the top teams Rockwell Automation will split $10,000 between, Team Duct Tape entered their answer to the question, “What could your team engineer that would have a positive impact on your community and our world?” –  A Fresnel Lens Water Purification System.  You can see their video below.

The contest is decided by popular vote, with each person permitted one vote once per day until the contest ends on Nov. 29th.  We hope you’ll consider our video and a vote for Team Duct Tape. You do not have to register or give out any information to vote.

To vote:

1) Just go to http://www.rockwellautomation.com/news/110-anniversary/engineering-our-future.page

2) Select “click to vote

3) Find  and select our video on page eight in the video gallery, in the bottom right corner

4) Enjoy the video and if you feel Team Duct Tape’s got a good  idea that would

have positive impact on our community and our world – and we think the Fresnel Lens idea is a pretty good one! – then please vote for the team by clicking the VOTE button.

That’s it!   You can (and we hope you will!) vote once a day through November 29.

Thank you!