Team Duct Tape enjoyed a visit from writer Suzanne Schmidt, of the Land O’Lakes Patch today. Ms. Schmidt learned about TDT during a visit to Sun Lake High School a few weeks back, where she met one of our team members who invited her to learn more about our team and FIRST. Chris Squared ( Chris 1.0 and Chris 3.0) were on hand to showcase robot design and development, programming and what FIRST is all about. The Patch is an up and coming new media, with a great local community focus. The Old Northeast Patch covered the Seminole High School competition a couple of weeks ago, and the Seminole Heights Patch did a great piece on Middleton High School’s great win at the USF Polytechnic event in Lakeland last Saturday.
Wow! What a day! What a game! We were delighted to come out of the competition with both the PTC Design Award and the Inspire Award. We made it into the Elimination Matches, but not far into them! It’s a tough, and rough and tumble game.
But it was great fun and very exciting. It was especially fun to see the big Hillsborough County Sheriffi’s Office Bomb Disposal team robots. We’re very grateful to the team for coming out,at the request of Team Duct Tape and FLL TechnoForce, to the Middleton High School competition to do robot demonstrations and talk about the team’s work. It was all amazing, and a special treat to get to drive one of the robots!
We’ll post more pictures soon. Many thanks to our great team families, who are always so remarkably patient, thoughtful, and supportive. We couldn’t do it without you! And thank very much to our mentors and guides, and to Middleton High School for such a great, efficient event (it finished an hour early!!).
Now off to rest, and start looking ahead to the Florida State Championship in February!
TDT members worked hard over their holiday break, meeting on three separate days before and after Thanksgiving to refine programming , practice driving and make final tweaks. The duct tape was flying, too, as those not working on the robot at any given time, worked on their team “look,” and give-aways. (There’s definitely a learning curve on that button maker!)
But we think we’re in pretty good shape and we’re looking forward to finally putting our robot and driving skills to the test on Saturday, at Middleton High School.
The event is free and open to the public. Qualifying matches start at 10:15 AM, with elimination matches starting at 4:45 pm. Come for the Opening Ceremonies at 10am, to see the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Disposal Team showcase their working robots for event attendees, and then watch the matches by student teams. There are 16 teams registered to compete in the Middleton Madness tournament, hailing from the Gulf Coast area and as far away as Gainesville and Orlando.