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Please Help FTC Team Duct Tape in the Engineering Our Future Contest!

 “Engineering Our Future”  is a Rockwell Automation video contest for FIRST® teams to share big ideas for improving communities and our world. The goal of the contest is ” to ignite the imaginations of this next generation of innovators and get them thinking about how they will apply the engineering skills they’re learning through FIRST to make a difference in their communities and our world.”

Always up for a video contest, plus the possibility of being among the top teams Rockwell Automation will split $10,000 between, Team Duct Tape entered their answer to the question, “What could your team engineer that would have a positive impact on your community and our world?” –  A Fresnel Lens Water Purification System.  You can see their video below.

The contest is decided by popular vote, with each person permitted one vote once per day until the contest ends on Nov. 29th.  We hope you’ll consider our video and a vote for Team Duct Tape. You do not have to register or give out any information to vote.

To vote:

1) Just go to http://www.rockwellautomation.com/news/110-anniversary/engineering-our-future.page

2) Select “click to vote

3) Find  and select our video on page eight in the video gallery, in the bottom right corner

4) Enjoy the video and if you feel Team Duct Tape’s got a good  idea that would

have positive impact on our community and our world – and we think the Fresnel Lens idea is a pretty good one! – then please vote for the team by clicking the VOTE button.

That’s it!   You can (and we hope you will!) vote once a day through November 29.

Thank you!




We’re a FIRST in Florida 2013-14 Showcase Team!

Last season, FIRST in Florida started a new program to recognize teams that do a lot of outreach. Florida  FIRST Showcase Teams have to

1. Actively and professionally participate  in a minimum of three outreach events organized in Florida by FIRST.
2. Document  involvement in at least three additional outreach events in their community – science fairs, e-week, etc..

Showcase teams must:

  • Exhibit Gracious Professionalism at all times
  • Be student-driven
  • Understand FIRST
  • Understand and can speak to the importance of FIRST involvement in enhancing their academic and future workforce experiences.

Team Duct Tape is the first  FIRST Tech Challenge recipient in the state, recognized for our active community engagement, in these FIRST in Florida organized outreach efforts:

  • St Pete Science Festival – FIRST exhibit staffing
  • Lockheed Martin Lakeland Charities of Choice event
  • Barcamp Tampabay– presentations, demos and outreach
  • Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire – FIRST Exhibit staffing
  • FRC Orlando Regional Championship FTC exhibit area

And in our own organized efforts that included participation in a channel 8 Daytime TV Show episode, outreach to local chapters of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), as well as exhibiting at local homeschool groups and the library.

The Showcase Teams program is not an official judged component in FIRST competitions, but it’s a nice way to be publicly recognized for  community outreach and service, and offers some nice talking points at events.  Recognized teams receive letters of acknowledgement, certificates of appreciation and a blue ribbon icon to use on their websites (ours is in the top right corner!) and media material.

Teams can apply for FIRST Showcase Team recognition year round at FIRST in Florida.   Join us and let’s make a big community of awesomeness!

Good Start to Fun Block Party Season!

Team Duct Tape came out of the gate in decidedly better shape this season than they did last season, finishing in solid third place against some stiff ROBOT League competition, and learning a lot in the process!  There was lots of bock shoveling, flag raising and robot hanging going on at Hillsborough High School on Saturday, some dancing and a little silliness, too.  In short – FTC season has started!

Got a little time before our next meet, when we head south on November 23 for an out-of-league road trip to Ft. Myers, to compete in the SW Florida Robotics League  WolfDen Meet hosted by South Fort Myers High School.  We’re looking forward to visiting with our South Florida friends!

We’ll be tweaking and tinkering until then, and maybe get a little more precision on that block delivery system!

Many thanks to all the volunteers who make the Hillsborough meet so much fun!





And congratulations to ROBOT League Think Award winners, the Team 6433 the Neutrinos, finalists 7710 Hydra C and 2425 Hydra A and the Winning Alliance team of 6433 Neutrinos (Captain) and 4997 Masquerade, and the Finalist Alliance team of  3846 Maelstrom (Captain) and 1369 Minotaur.

Check out full event results at the ROBOT League website.