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Middleton Last Shot! Qualifying Tournament Results – TDT Earns Inspire Award and in Winning Alliance

All that hard work and the long hours paid off! Team Duct Tape earned the Inspire Award and captained the Winning Alliance, taking it to a four match, edge of your seat final alliance play.  It was touch and go at the beginning, starting with balky computers that fought Bluetooth and nail, and ended with our very grateful finish on a borrowed computer.  Some great on-the-fly engineering improvements, tenacious programming, courageous driving, and enthusiastic team support by all our dedicated members and supportive families took us all the way to the end.    We really enjoyed partnering with Force Applied and hope to have some practice time with them before the state event on Feb. 27.    We’ll post pictures soon!

Congratulations to all the great winning teams at Saturday’s event, and thanks to FTC team Minotaur for hosting such a fun event!

Winning Alliance
2845 (Alliance Captain) Team Duct Tape
3837 Force Applied

Finalist Alliance
3830 (Alliance Captain) SkyNet
499 Nano Fusion
Judged Awards
Inspire Award – 2845 Team Duct Tape
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award – 409 Dynasty
PTC Design Award – 499 Nano Fusion
Think Award – 3910 Freezer Burn
Connect Award – 3968 The Roller
Motivate Award – 3830 SkyNet

FTC Teams 409, 3830, 3837, 3846 (Host Team), and 3968 qualified for the Florida State Championship.

Get Ready for RoboMania!! Saturday, Nov. 14, 10am – 7pm @ Hillsborough High School

TDT at last season's HHS Qualifying Competition

TDT at last season's HHS Qualifying Competition

Join Team Duct Tape on Saturday, November 14, as we compete in the state and the nation’s first FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament! Last year we were the first Inspire Award winners in the country.  Can we do it again?  We’ll try!  At the very least, we plan on having a really good time!

Come on out to support Team Duct Tape and all the other great teams that will be there. The event will be held at Hillsborough High School at 901 E. Kennedy Blvd in Tampa, and is free and open to the public, so bring family and friends and enjoy this “sport for the mind” with us!

The event runs from 10am to 7pm, with qualification matches throughout the day, and the exciting elimination matches beginning at around 5pm.

It promises to be an exciting game, with some sophisticated robots and offers a great opportunity to see and support ambitious, innovative students using their time well – a practice that needs to be encouraged and celebrated more today than ever before!

Team Duct Tape Wins Inspire Award!



Team Duct Tape competed in our first qualifying competition at Hillsborough High School Face Off! Break Down! — in Tampa on Saturday and won the Inspire Award.

The Inspire Award

The Inspire Award, which guarantees the team a spot in the state tournament, is awarded to a team that:

“…is an inspiration to other teams, acting with gracious professionalism both on and off the playing field. This team understands how to communicate their experiences and knowledge to other teams, sponsors, and the judges. “

Teams judged to earn this award:

  • Must demonstrate respect and Gracious Professionalism both for team members and fellow teams
  • Engineering Notebook must be submitted, and must impress the judges
  • Must work beyond their robot to help spread awareness of the team within the community
  • Display good communication and team work skills within the team as well as with their alliances
  • Communicate clearly about their robot design to the judges
  • Present themselves well in the judges interview
  • Their robot effectively competes in the game challenge and impresses the judges
  • Team and Robot consistently performs well during matches
  • Must be a strong contender for all other judged awards

We’re fully cognizant of the fact that we did not earn this award alone. Team Duct Tape earned the Inspire Award because team members felt inspired by the guidance, support and encouragement of mentors, sponsors, friends and family and we’re very grateful to all of them!

Our Mentors and Supporters

Mentor Paul Markun’s educational and technical guidance, and his moral support have been, and continue to be,deeply appreciated. If ever there was a friend of Team Duct Tape, it’s Paul Markun and Tampa Technik.

The Florida West Coast Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers has also been instrumental in Team Duct Tape’s success. Their financial support helped make our team “look” possible, helping pay for our team shirts, and it is making it possible for us to continue to compete by enabling us to purchase needed parts to keep our robot robust and efficient. We’re really looking forward to working with FWCS-ASME mentors between now and our next competition.

RDesign created a wonderful logo for us, that we combined with team member designs for a crisp, eye-catching image that captures the fun-loving aspects of Team Duct Tape and helps bring our team a unified, recognizable look. And Learning is for Everyone picked up the balance of the t-shirt costs and continues to provide educational and community outreach support for the team.

Our Families

Family members have been one of the strongest aspects of this team’s success, financially helping establish the team, morally and physically supporting the team by making sure team members make it to meetings and field trips, and indulging our long working meetings with patience, good humor and a hefty supply of snacks. An enormous thank you to all of Team Duct Tape’s supportive and encouraging families!

Face Off! Break Down!

Face Off Break Down was the first FTC Qualifying event using the new platform and Field Management System to be held anywhere in the world! We were your FMS guinea pigs.

But other than a few FMS glitches — many due to teams not being prepared before the start of a match (visit FIRST FTC for info on how to be ready!) — and getting way behind schedule, the event was enormous fun! Hillsborough High School math teacher Marian Manganello and team Hydra pulled together a terrific event!

The new FTC robots are robust and can really take some punishment — and the game does get punishing! Four robots flailing various puck gathering appendages around in a two minute heats makes for some real entertainment, and sometimes the matches became more of a contact sport than expected.

Team Duct Tape held its own though — bringing in the highest scoring match of the event: 118 points, and winning not only the Inspire Award but, along with Team #3073, the Robot Ravens, earning the Winning Alliance Award. We’re excited about going to the Florida State Championship with such a great team and look forward to a Team RoboDuck alliance again soon!