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Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet

Team Duct Tape with Mr. Pete Grotsky and Ms. Awilda Lopez Cepero, of the FWCS-ASME

Team Duct Tape with Mr. Pete Grotsky and Ms. Awilda Lopez Cepero, of the FWCS-ASME, during the NETA Conference in January.

A couple of Team Duct Tape members are joining the Florida West Coast Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at this week’s Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet.

Held to mark Engineers Week,  this year’s banquet merges the Celebrate Engineering Banquet and the E-Week Banquet to bring together professionals in all fields from all around Tampa and Florida’s west coast to recognize the outstanding achievements of Engineers, Science Teachers, Math Teachers, and Students in our community.

Team Duct Tape is honored to have been invited to join in the event, and will be on hand with our robot and lots of information about FIRST Tech Challenge, and how others can be part of this terrific program.

Learning about Interviews

Mr. Pete Grotsky, of the Florida West Coast Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, joined Team Duct Tape for this week’s meeting to mentor students on good interview and team presentation practices.

He went over things like what makes a good Engineering notebook, dressing for success, posture, voice and attitude, and the importance of showing Gracious Professionalism from start to finish.

Some important things to include in the notebook, Mr. Grotsky advised, is a table of contents, and tabs highlighting entries that show important points or developments in the team’s journey. Illustrations should be captioned. Entries should be made regularly, right up to and beyond qualifying competitions.

Team appearance, he reminded members, is very important. Team members should

  • create a neat, clean unified presence,
  • shake hands firmly, and
  • speak clearly and politely.

Despite formalities, it’s also important that teams show they enjoy being there, that they’re having fun while they learn (without being goofy and immature!).

FIRST, Mr. Grotsky reminded Team Duct Tape, can offer some very tangible, long term benefits in the way of skills and knowledge development, scholarships, and networking opportunities. Team interviews at competitions offer an introduction to interview experiences students might have in real life, answering questions about what they do and how they do it.

Team Duct Tape is very grateful to Mr. Grotsky for sharing his insights and experience with team members, and team members look forward to some real time interview practice at their next meeting.

Happy Holidays from Team Duct Tape!

Team Duct Tape’s Holiday Pot Luck provided a great opportunity for some recreational down time with family, mentors and friends. Mr. Peter Grotsky, president of the Florida West Coast Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and his wife Carol joined us for an afternoon of conversation, great grilled burgers, courtesy of mentor Steve Willingham, and some duct tape ingenuity for entertainment.



Team members played cards, darts, and put a flotilla of duct tape boats to sea in the pool, and generally had a great time.

We ended the day with a small gift for team members, a set of digital calipers for each one, accompanied by a message to see them off to a new year of growth and knowledge:

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Your journey through life will lead you to success if you avoid the path of mediocrity, follow the path of Excellence, and never be blinded by a pursuit of perfection.

Let this gift from Team Duct Tape always remind you to stick to the path of Excellence!

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We send our sincerest wish for success and excellence to all teams in the New Year!