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Robot Wrangling at the Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire!

We’re excited about this weekend’s outreach event, the 2nd annual Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, organized by our parent sponsor, Learning is for Everyone (LI4E) and being held at the Florida Concourse, on March 23, from 10am-6pm.   There’s an awesome slate of “Makers” participating, including a tiny satellite maker, artists, musicians, jewelry makers, inventors, ham radio operators, game makers and, of course, ROBOTS!

We’ll be at the FIRST exhibit area, along with several other area FLL, FTC & FRC teams, and the USF Robotics Interest Group will be there, as well as the North Tampa Robotics Club.

We love that Sheldon the Robot is literally a poster child for the Mini Maker Faire and we’re  looking forward to a fun day with other folks who like to make stuff!  Advanced, discounted ticket sales will continue through Friday . Visit www.TampaBayMakerFaire.comfor more info.

TDT at the inaugural 2012 Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire

Hope to see you there!




Thank You Friends of Team Duct Tape!

As we hit the road today, we want to express our gratitude to these fine organizations and individuals for their support of Team Duct Tape this season:  



The Niederlander Family, in Memory of Paul Niederlander

The Luster Family


 You journey with us in all we do!

Meet Our New Sister Team: FRC Team 4769 – The Electrodes!

The Electrodes is a brand new FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) community based youth robotics team co-sponsored by Team Duct Tape’s parent sponsor, Learning is for Everyone (LI4E) and Tampa Bay Microcontrollers and Robotics , and currently based at Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg.

FRC is a  FIRST  high school level STEM education program where students work with adult mentors to design, build, and program sophisticated robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams, but with a much shorter build season – just six weeks!  Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, develop strategy and build and program robots based on sound engineering principles that perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.

Members of the Electrodes are guided by the same Curiosity Driven Learning guidelines set forth in our LI4E FIRST Handbook, which seeks to elevate character,teamwork,and academic and intellectual achievement above all else.  The Electrodes inaugural meeting at Dixie Hollins High School earlier this week  provided an exciting pre-season kick off for the rookie team, and Team Duct Tape is looking forward to some great collaborative cross-training and learning opportunities with our new FRC sister team!

You can learn more about the Electrodes at their new website at http://frcteam4769.wordpress.com .  Congrats Electrodes and GO TEAM!