TDT members enjoyed a recent visit to our long time friend and mentor, Paul Markun, of Tampa Technik. As always, the gift of his time and expertise was deeply valued, so we were humbled to receive a financial contribution from Mr. Markun on top of his expert guidance. Tampa Technik is a remarkable facility and Mr. Markun is an incredible manufacturing engineer, who routinely creates new machines and products based on conceptual design ideas – as he told us, pretty much what TDT has to do each season when we get a new challenge.
We were also honored to receive a generous donation from McCormick-Stevenson Engineering and Design . McCormick-Stevenson has a long tradition of supporting FIRST in Florida, having mentored TDT and other teams in PTC Creo Elements, and volunteering at FIRST tournaments.
We’re deeply grateful for the support of both Tampa Technik and McCormick-Stevenson and will do our very best to represent our great sponsors graciously, professionally and successfully! And many thanks, too, to all our great supporters throughout the year. Your kindness, encouragement and guidance is deeply valued.
Wow! Get Over It! has fired everyone’s imaginations, and we can’t wait to get started. Today’s Kick-off event in Orlando
was terrific, from the PTC overview to the big reveal. We had a lot of fun with our Best Guess game, and are happy to report that Nathaniel, of Team 4228 here in Florida took our special duct tape prize locally. And Team 2827, Artificial Stupidity, of North Carolina has won as our out of state entry. You can read their prediction on their website – it’s pretty amazing!
We had a full day today, but couldn’t turn in without thanking Michael Coleman , FTC Affiliate Partner for Florida, for another great season Kick-Off! Over 130 students attended, setting the stage for an energetic and exciting 2010 FTC season here in Florida.
More pictures soon!
Team Duct Tape will be in Orlando Monday and Tuesday, at the 2010 PTC/USER World Event , showcasing the Hot Shot! game and reaching out to conference attendees to inform them about FIRST robotics opportunities for them as professionals, and for youth in their home towns.