It was – quite literally! – a day of highs and lows. High flying scissor lifts that brought in a new world record score of 584 and one of our team members, Ethan L., winning a coveted Embry-Riddle Scholarship, worth $20,000, and the lows of a tough game full of scoring challenges. The high score wasn’t ours, but it’s Florida’s and we’re proud! And we’re really proud of Ethan!
Coming to TDT as a 13 year old apprentice three years ago, Ethan has become an integral member of the team whose solid, goal-oriented work ethic is a key part of our success as a team.
Our own performance on the field, while solid, wasn’t as competitive as we’d like, due to the phenomenal competition posed by ridiculously high performing elevators and scissor lifts. But while our ranking on the field was low, we flew high in overall team performance, bringing in the Connect Award and
– thanks to a state lottery win – a slot in the World Championship as Inspire Award runners up! (Congrats to Inspire Award Winners Dent n the Universe, and Finalist Alliance Captains,
Minotaur whoops – that’s 4997 Winning Alliance Captain, Masquerade! – right school, wrong team – Minotaur was in the Winning Alliance though, along with Dent in the Universe. Thanks for catching our error, Brick Buddies!)
All that hard work really paid off for team members, who put in an
enormous amount effort, and exemplary teamwork readying for the Championship and at the Championship, where they played hard and with great spirit all day long.
Many thanks to all the wonderful friends, family members, mentors and supporters who do so much for these remarkable students, and set such a wonderful example of kindness, friendship, and greatness of spirit.
Now we’ve got a lot of work to do – and a really short time to do it!
More pictures soon!
TDT members spruced up for the Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet last night, and had a great time connecting
with engineers from a dozen different societies. They also enjoyed meeting with FTC Director and the event’s keynote speaker, Ken Johnson and sharing some of their work from this season’s Get Over It! challenge.
Organizers estimated 14000 visitors to the USF Engineering Expo over the past two days, making for standing room only
in the FIRST robotics room many times! Today, the crowds were a little thinner, but pretty much nonstop all day long. There’s clearly tremendous interest in STEM opportunities for youth, and our FIRST brochures flew off the tables.
We shared the exhibit room with State Champions, Minotaur, and their Middleton companion team, Ayonius Tyfonas, along with Domino Effect, from St. Petersburg, and ran demo matches and info sessions from 9am until the event ended at 4pm.
Our robot proved as robust as ever, managing the toughest of all challenges, being driven by young children! Everyone had a great time, though, and hopefully we’ll see some new FLL and FTC teams develop in the Tampa Bay area over the next year.
Driving our robot was the biggest treat, and children lined up for a chance to use the controller. It was definitely a full weekend, but one well spent, and all four FTC teams went home with honorable mention awards from the University of South Florida for our well enjoyed Expo exhibit.