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We’re Going to the World Championship!

Connect Award Winners & Inspire Award Runner Up!

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

Thanks to all our great family and friends!

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.

TDT members, including alumni Aaron at left, enjoy a celebratory dinner.

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!

Ken Johnson@Engineers Week Banquet reminds us: “Society Gets What it Celebrates!”

TDT members with FTC Director Ken Johnson

TDT members spruced up for the Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet last night, and had a great time connecting

Ken Johnson speaking with Minotaur member

 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.

FTC students had a full evening networking and speaking with event attendees, and had fun sitting together at the Banquet, sharing a table with Florida FTC Affiliate Partner Michael Coleman and his wife Jennifer.
All in all, the evening offered a great opportunity for students to showcase the hard work and new skills they acquired during the season,   and to remind engineers how important it is to share their time and knowledge with a new generation of youth who have the potential to create powerful, positive and enduring change in our world.

Minotaur, Mr. and Mrs. Coleman and Team Duct Tape at Banquet

Hey, that's US in the slideshow!

USF Engineering Expo Delivers Full House for FTC!

Hans Wolf, coach of team Minotaur, explains FIRST

 Organizers estimated 14000 visitors to the USF Engineering Expo over the past two days, making for standing room only 

TDT member Chris K giving a little robot education

 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.  

Next stop, eWeek at Lockheed Martin in Orlando on Thursday and the Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet next Friday, where Ken Johnson will be the Keynote speaker.  Can’t wait!  

Ayonius Typhonas, Team Duct Tape and Minotaur at USF Engineering Expo