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Cool Day at coolTECH

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coolTECH was fun, start to finish. We started off a little bleary-eyes with a Fox Good Day show interview that mostly showcased TDT sleepiness at 7:30am, but rallied with later clips

Fox 13 filming Cubie

Fox 13 filming Cubie

of Cubie doing its stuff shooting wiffle balls at the camera.   Members got plenty of public speaking practice, fielding questions from webcasters and other media, as well as crowds of visitors inquiring about FTC and FIRST, demoing the robot, and giving guests an opportunity to try driving both Cubie and Skypebot, which was also a big hit.

Demonstrating SkypeBot

Demonstrating SkypeBot

Recently graduated team member, Chris W., made an appearance driving the Skypebot around coolTECH from his home in Lutz, as did a couple of other test drivers.

TDT members enjoyed hearing keynote speaker, Frank Farro,  director of New Technology at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts speak, and TDT coaches appreciated Mr. Farro’s innovative team building reflections, especially his “Pennance for Pessimism” jar idea for discouraging negativity during brainstorming and work sessions.
We also made some great new friends we’ll be staying in touch with throughout our new season.  There was a lot of great technology on display at coolTECH and we’re excited about opportunities

to learn more about  some of the products and processes we saw exhibited. 

Talking with coolTECH guests about FIRST

Talking with coolTECH guests about FIRST

Next stop: PTC/USER World Event in Orlando, on Monday and Tuesday!

TDT @ coolTECH, Friday June 4

cooltech Team Duct Tape will host an exhibit booth at coolTECH 2010 on June 4, at MOSI, the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry at 4801 East Fowler Avenue . 

 

Now in its third year, coolTECH annually showcases breakthrough technologies and cutting-edge innovations that impact how people live and work. Among the emerging technologies on display at coolTECH 2010 are personal electronic transportation vehicles, digital pen and paper that captures handwritten data, motion activated video game technology, a balancing belt by Draper Labs, and great programs like FIRST robotics, which FTC Team Duct Tape and FLL team Mabry Robo-Dolphins from Mabry Elementary School, will be helping represent, that provide unparalleled hands on STEM education opportunities for youth.  The keynote speaker will be Frank Farro, head of New Technology Research and Development for Walt Disney World.

 

One of Team Duct Tape’s student members, Chris Willingham,  will also be showcasing his SkypeBot, a remotely operated robot that can be driven by almost anyone,  from almost anywhere. coolTECH guests will have the opportunity to learn more about FIRST, see the team’s award-winning robot firsthand and have an opportunity to drive Team Duct Tape’s robot, as well.