Time to for TDT members to don jackets and look sharp for the Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet this Friday. Hosted by engineering societies of Tampa Bay in recognition of National Engineers Week , the Banquet will be held at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, and this year’s keynote speaker is Ken Johnson, national Director of FIRST Tech Challenge, a real treat for students in attendance. Florida State Championship Inspire Award winners team Minotaur will be attending the event with Team Duct Tape.
The Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet recognize the outstanding achievements of Engineers, Science Teachers, Math Teachers, and Students in the community, and also features the Lignell Awards, given to local High School educators who are performing outstanding work in the instruction of the STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math).
Team Duct Tape enjoyed an instructive visit from FWCS-ASME President Pete Grotsky, of Government Programming Contracting and Management Services, who shared his insights on elements of a good interview, what a quality Engineering notebook should look like, and how a good team conducts itself. He enjoyed learning about the collaborative tools like Google Apps and Skype, that TDT employs for administrative, program management and technical needs, and getting a look at our finished practice field.
After working with Mr. Grotsky, and plying their lessons learned in a mock interview practice, team members hunkered down for an extra long build and programming meeting, stopping only for a short pizza and Mr. Bean video break.
We’ve got one more meeting before next Saturday’s competition at Hillsborough High
School, just enough time to tweak the notebook, and hopefully get some drive practice in on the practice field. If nothing else, we think the robot looks very cool! If team members keep working as seamlessly as they did yesterday, though, it’ll work as well as it looks.
Team Duct Tape is very grateful for the generous support of the Florida West Coast Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In addition to financial support, FWCS-ASME members have mentored students in Pro/ENGINEER and offered their guidance for the interview process and other aspects of teamwork and Gracious Professionalism.
We deeply value FWCS-ASMEs friendship and mentorship and look forward to returning their investment of support and encouragement in Team Duct Tape, through our dedication to FIRST values and the completion of a fun and successful FTC season!