Team Duct Tape hits the road this week for an outreach triple play, starting with Lockheed Martin’s annual E-Week Celebration, one of our favorite FIRST outreach opportunities for several reasons:
1) Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training in Orlando is absolutely AWESOME! They not only invite FTC teams to provide demo opportunities to their engineers during National Engineers Week (this week – if it’s not on your calendar, it should be!), but…
2) We get a whole room, with a full competition field to run full matches in for two hours!
3) We get to see a bunch of our FTC friends and play with them!
4) And they provide lunch. AND
5) They give teams a two hour tour of the Lockheed Martin facility!
We love talking to the engineers, and some of their families that come by for the day, sharing our design and build with them, and getting some of their insights in the process. There’s always someone among the passers-by who has never seen FIRST Tech Challenge , and we enjoy introducing folks to the game and to FIRST.
It’s a great way to celebrate E-Week – or at least to start celebrating it! We’ve also got the Tampa Bay Engineers Banquet and the USF Engineering Expo on the calendar this week. There should be parades and confetti, too! E-Week is awesome!
Time to for TDT members to don jackets and look sharp for the Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet this Friday. Hosted by engineering societies of Tampa Bay in recognition of National Engineers Week , the Banquet will be held at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, and this year’s keynote speaker is Ken Johnson, national Director of FIRST Tech Challenge, a real treat for students in attendance. Florida State Championship Inspire Award winners team Minotaur will be attending the event with Team Duct Tape.
The Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet recognize the outstanding achievements of Engineers, Science Teachers, Math Teachers, and Students in the community, and also features the Lignell Awards, given to local High School educators who are performing outstanding work in the instruction of the STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math).
Team Duct Tape had a full and insightful evening at the Tampa Bay Engineers Banquet this past Friday, held in celebration of National Engineers Week. The team enjoyed sharing both an information table and the dinner table with Hillsborough High School’s Team Hydra .
Team members were able to showcase their robot, and share the story of their FTC journey with attending engineers, offering opportunities for sponsorship and mentoring, as well as informing engineers about FIRST robotics. Team Duct Tape, along with Team Hydra, also helped out at the banquet by distributing event information sheets to the approximately 400 guests.
The keynote speaker at the dinner was AnnMarie Spexet, of Engineers Without Borders, a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. EWB implements sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.
In less than 10 years, it has become one of the fastest growing engineering societies in the US, with over 200 chapters across the United States, including sixteen in the state of Florida with two in the Tampa area (University of South Florida, and a Tampa area professional chapter). Projects are conducted in over 41 different countries, including the US, in coordination with community members, local organizations, local contractors, engineering students, professors, professional engineers in both the US and the local country.
The Engineers Banquet, like each event Team Duct Tape has attended, helped broaden team members’ perspectives and horizons and we’re grateful to FWCS-ASME for welcoming us to the event.