Team members’ hard work and unified presence, on the field and off, earned them the Inspire Award at Middleton Madness this past weekend, and a spot at the FTC State Championship at Embry Riddle in Daytona in February!
It was touch and go with the robot sometimes, in what is definitely a challenging game. In the end, we ranked 12 in a
field of 16 – definitely not our best performance. But all our matches were well played, thanks to a strong autonomous and some skilled driving that made the best of some heavy penalty matches, despite best intentions to avoid them.
Fortunately, the game is definitely about more than field performance, which can sometimes be at the mercy of luck and circumstance. And Team Duct Tape has all the essential elements in place, from a great team video, to a well-articulated and thoroughly documented design process to extensive community outreach that so far this year has taken us to 20 events and programs in the Central Florida area showcasing FIRST.
With four new students this year, all new to FTC and two with no previous FIRST experience at all, Team Duct Tape’s great spirit and strong sportsmanship is truly evident in this, our fourth season, and we’re proud of our great group of students, who clearly put the good of their team first, and whose warmth and friendship is evident in all they do. Great job, team!
Now it’s back to the workbench. Our second competition is in January and we’ve got some lessons learned to apply! Many, many thanks to all the great folks who helped make our great showing at Middleton Madness possible, from terrifically patient Coach Mike, to the wonderful gift of practice space from one of our families, to the financial contributions of the Dunedin Rotary Club, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Golf Car Depot and the Breakfast Nook – where we hope to see friends and supporters on Friday evening, for our TDT Benefit Dinner .(We definitely need help and support for our trip to Daytona Beach for 11 families!)
Enjoy the game day slide show below!
Team Duct Tape is very grateful to the Golf Car Depot , of Land O’Lakes, for their generous contribution to the team. Golf Car Depot has been a great supporter and friend to Team Duct Tape for the last two years, and we’re delighted to have this great community business in our corner again!
The Golf Car Depot is the Tampa Bay area’s number one source for new and refurbished Golf Carts, utility Carts, Lifted Carts, and 4,6,8 Passenger Carts for Communities, Resorts, Hospitals, Camps, Universities, Dealerships, Malls, Fairs and more! Last year, the Golf Car Depot supplied a heavy duty golf car for our haunted hay ride at our UNICEF fundraiser event , providing the icing on our Halloween cake!
Thanks again, Golf Car Depot! Glad your here for the ride!
Team Duct Tape is very grateful for the support and encouragement of the Golf Car Depot, of Land O’ Lakes, which has purchased new team shirts for TDT members. Thank you very, very much!
Thank you, too, to Anna Claire Lambers for creating the great new TDT super duck, and to Ashley Nyman designing the duct tape border for our new logo, which are featured on our new shirts.
Team Duct Tape is deeply grateful to all our friends and supporters!