FIRST® Tech Challenge Team Duct Tape strives to promote FIRST® and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) throughout our community and inspire others to obtain the necessary skills and experience for success in the global marketplace. Science is everywhere in the world around us and technology is continuously expanding in every aspect of our lives. Team Duct Tape continues to inspire innovation, self-confidence, communication, and leadership in all of our endeavors through STEM related activities and projects. Each year we are tasked to raise funds to build a competitive robot, which serves as the vehicle to gain necessary skills for success.
We’re excited about this weekend’s outreach event, the 2nd annual Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, organized by our parent sponsor, Learning is for Everyone (LI4E) and being held at the Florida Concourse, on March 23, from 10am-6pm. There’s an awesome slate of “Makers” participating, including a tiny satellite maker, artists, musicians, jewelry makers, inventors, ham radio operators, game makers and, of course, ROBOTS!
We love that Sheldon the Robot is literally a poster child for the Mini Maker Faire and we’re looking forward to a fun day with other folks who like to make stuff! Advanced, discounted ticket sales will continue through Friday . Visit www.TampaBayMakerFaire.comfor more info.
Hope to see you there!
It’s hard to believe what a full summer we had – it seems TDT has gone nonstop from the end of last season to the start of the new one. We’ve enjoyed demoed everywhere from the Renaissance Festival to an Orlando after school program, conducted outreach programs at the Electrathon Festival and the Moffitt Health and Science Festival, toured the Port of Tampa with ASME, the Univ. of Central Florida Engineering Department, and gotten some eye opening insights on the latest technologies at coolTech 2011 and the Tampa Bay Innovation Center.
Now it’s time to get back to regular meetings, practices and mentoring, reconnecting with friends old and new – and old friends in new
places: Brick Buddies just transitioned to an FTC team, with some familiar faces from both FLL Brick Buddies and TechnoForce!
With seven of our ten members graduating this year, TDT has also kicked off an apprenticeship program this season, with two upper middle school students joining in for hands on experience for them and their families in the interest of keeping the TDT legacy strong and viable after our veteran team members move on.
We’re very proud of our graduates 6 in the last two years- all of whom have gone on to college and most of whom are pursuing a variety of science and technology fields, from medicine to engineering. We want to keep providing the engaging “inspiration for science and technology” in our community, that FIRST offers in such an exemplary way, and hope our new high school students, and our up and coming apprentices will keep Team Duct Tape going strong for a few more years to come!