It’s a new year, a new challenge (Cascade Effect!) and we’ve got a new team member, Michael, making us 11 strong this year.
Since we really didn’t stop meeting all summer long, it wasn’t too hard to get back into the swing of things for our 7th season. We started off our first “official” meeting at the Hive, at the John F. Germany Library, where we’ve been pretty active all summer.
Recent outreach efforts include helping out at the Hive open houses, FIRST training days, and, last week, providing demos and information about FIRST to the Tampa chapter of IEEE-RAS
We’ve got a pretty tight competition schedule here in Florida, with the League system and the South Super Regional between the State Championship and the FIRST Championship. So once meets start we expect the season to fly!
Team Duct Tape members enjoyed an evening with IEEE-RAS (Robotics and Automation Society) members last night, including Explaining robot componentsthe surprise gift from IEEE member, Sean Denny, of a beautifully mastered video of a couple of
their matches at the Middleton Madness qualifying tournament in December. Then students gave a short presentation on this year’s Get Over It! game, their design process and engineering solutions for the game.
IEEE-RAS chair George Schott tried his hand at driving the TDT bot, and IEEE members took the time to ask good questions about FIRST, TDTs robot and the game. It was a great opportunity to showcase what students have learned during the season, and to reach out to IEEE members to encourage mentoring to other teams, and to share a call for volunteers for the upcoming Florida FTC State Championship at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach in February.
After their presentation, TDT members were treated to a great short history of LEGO Mindstorms by IEEE-RAS member, and FTC mentor Jim Melton. He’ll be giving a longer presentation at the March IEEE-RAS meeting and we’re looking forward to learning more. He has a great collection of Mindstorm’s products through the last decade, including an RCX and Microscout.
Team Duct Tape will be demoing this season’s robot and giving a short presentation at the IEEE-RAS January meeting. The Florida West Coast Section IEEE-Robotics and Automation Society is working hard to support FIRST robotics and other STEM initiatives throughout the Tampa Bay area, and has actively encouraged, cheered and mentored TDT on since last season, and always welcomes students to their great meetings. In addition to our talk, IEEE-RAS member James Melton will be giving a historical presentation about the evolution of the LEGO MindStorms, whose NXT brick is at the heart of FIRST from FLL to FRC this year.
IEEE-RAS welcomes all to their meetings. The meeting starts at 6pm, at CDB’s Southside Italian Restaurant & Bar 3671 S West Shore Blvd in Tampa. Visit the group’s Meeting page for details and to RSVP to attend.