With a “to-do” list long as a new roll of duct tape, TDT members got right back to work after the ROBOT League Championship to evaluate lessons learned and improvements needed. We’ve come a long way but the State Championship is a whole new game, with the playing field level and everything possible, and up against and with some of the best teams in the state.
Today, we got to share a bit of our story with B.C. Manion, a reporter for the Laker , and with 83 Degrees media about our upcoming visit to coolTech 2013.
Everyone’s got specific tasks they’ve taken ownership of, and a pretty tight timeline to get it all done. Mr. Adsit led team members on a project planning overview, similar to what he did with team members last year, to help everyone get a realistic view of what could be accomplished in the short time allotted us, always a good exercise!
Team members will be honing interview skills, tweaking Sheldon a bit (that’s Robot’s name!) , and working in full calendar of upcoming outreach events starting with Lockheed Martin E-week on February 20th, in Orlando, followed by the USF Engineering Expo on February 23 , followed by the Championship. And the outreach roster is full when we get back, too, when we exhibit at the FRC Orlando Regional on March 9, coolTech on March 14, and then at the Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire on March 23.
And on top of that, we’re fundraising, hoping to raise $2500 to help defray lodging, travel and other competition related costs on our journey to Daytona.
So we’ve got three weeks left before the State Championship and not a minute to spare between now and then. What a great ride!
It’s time for the Bay Area Renaissance Festival, one of our favorite outreach efforts. This year, we’ll be out at the RenFest with our Renaissance Inventions display and FIRST informational materials during the Festival’s School Day on Friday. If you’re out there, drop by and see us!
On Saturday, we’ll be out in Orlando to run our robot at the FTC demo area, at the FRC Regional at the University of Central Florida.
TDT members had fun demonstrating their robot with Smoke and Mirrors and Minotaur at the FRC Regional this afternoon. We burned out a servo and spent a while with it upon on the table, repairing it, but it’s always fun to just drive and collect balls and shoot them, even if they don’t always go where you’d like! We also enjoyed speaking to a lot of people about FTC, which seems to be generating a lot of interest for its portability, affordability and accessibility – basically a robotics program that serves a lot of -abilities!
At one point, during the FRC Regional, Smoke and Mirrors and Team Duct Tape were honored with recognition for their achievements at the FTC State Championship, and enjoyed showing off our little robots to the big robot teams. We also enjoyed watching a few FRC matches.
All in all, it was a great day to share what we love about FTC, and get in a little driving practice and watch some great robotics competitions.