TDT members spruced up for the Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet last night, and had a great time connecting
with engineers from a dozen different societies. They also enjoyed meeting with FTC Director and the event’s keynote speaker, Ken Johnson and sharing some of their work from this season’s Get Over It! challenge.
Team Duct Tape would like to extend hearty congratulations and best wishes to Team Minotaur #1369, the Florida FTC State Championship Inspire Award winners, and Spontaneous Combustion, team 3123 (Alliance Captain), Pandara #506 and Serious Business #3736, all members of the Winning Alliance, as they ready for the FTC World Championship in St. Louis in April! We’ll be watching and rooting for another great showing for Florida this year! You can see the full list of award winner at the Florida FTC event results page. (Be sure to check out the Florida State Championship Wrap-Up video while you’re there, too!)
Sorting through all our photos reminds us of just how great a time we had this past weekend! Embry Riddle Aeronautical University was an incredible, warm and welcoming host. As always, we deeply appreciate Florida FTC Affiliate Partner Michael Coleman’s committment to FIRST Tech Challenge and his management of high quality, efficiently run competitions. And we continue admire (and be in awe of!) Umbrella Guy’s remarkable, unflagging high energy and spirit in keeping an event fun and exciting all day long!
Our gratitude also goes out to the dozens of volunteers, from judges to referrees and support personnel, who make FIRST Tech Challenge possible in Florida. Without you, we couldn’t be us! 🙂 Duct Tape may be the Force that holds the Universe together (you know – it has a Dark side and a Light side…), but Volunteers are the Force that holds FIRST together, and a Universe without FIRST is a dim one indeed. Thank you all for a great FTC State Championship! Enjoy the pictures!
The El Caribe in Daytona Beach welcomed us and companion teams with a nice sign and a little practice area, not to mention a spectacular view from our nice rooms. The El Caribe was kind enough to extend special price offers to FTC teams attending the State Championship. Thanks, El Caribe!
We got off to a great start, getting through inspections early, then being treated to pizza and a phenomenal tour of Embry Riddle.
The venue is terrific and Embry Riddle is a warm and welcoming host, and we had a blast this evening! We learned a lot about their mechanical and robotics engineering programs and got up close and person with some really impressive autonomous machines. Anyone who thought Embry Riddle was “just” aeronautics got a fresh perspective on all the amazing things students do and learn here.
So we’re all set for the morning, with our pit area decked out with some cool Duck Tape art and give-aways. Some of our TDT Booster Club moms even made duct tape sashes. Definitely one for the Shurtech Brands Ductivity site!
Tomorrow – Game time! Can’t wait!