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In the News & On the Road – Next Up: Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet

Fresh from Lockheed Martin Eweek, TDT members are back to work with drive practice, and more outreach readiness, gearing up to exhibit at the Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet Friday night, and the USF Engineering Expo on Saturday.  In between,the team got some good press from 83 Degrees Media and The Laker , highlighting our journey to the FTC State Championship . 

With three outreach events this week, team members are working in shifts to get everything ready for the State Championship.  Burning out motors during E-week demos added some new challenges, and the expense of 2nd day shipping to get replacements in on time, but we’re going full steam ahead, darn the torpedos!






Team Duct Tape is joining team 2868, Smoke and Mirrors, our FIRST World Championship partners, for an ABC Action News spot following up on a State Championship piece Smoke and Mirrors was featured in a couple of weeks ago.  We’re both proud of the fact that the two top teams in the state this season hail from Odessa, FL, and hope to represent our state well at the FIRST World Championship.  We’ll be sure to post when (and if) the piece airs.   We’re going to try to get a little practice time in, too.

Look out World,  the Odessa teams are coming!

Studio 10 Morning Show

robotic-cameras-sign Team Duct Tape enjoyed being part of the Studio 10 morning show at WTSP-TV yesterday. We joined FTC team Dynasty from Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, FLL team Brick Buddies and FLL team Mad Beach Marine Robotics to showcase upcoming robotics learning opportunities at the Science Center of Pinellas, including the January 9 Science Center FTC Bot Challenge.


Running robots with FLL team Brick Buddies and FTC team Dynasty

Brick Buddies coach, Shelley Kappeler did a great job explaining FIRST while students ran FLL and FTC robots for cameras. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a great tour of Studio 10 with Studio 10 Executive Producer Mark Thorn.

You can see the Science Center segment at



Listening to Studio 10 Executive Producer Mark Thorn