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Thank You BAE Systems!

Team Duct Tape is honored and grateful to be the recipient  of a BAE Systems FIRST Grant, which not only includes very helpful funding but equally helpful mentoring support.  We’re looking forward to working with more BAE engineers this season, in addition to Mr. Adsit, who has been such a great mentor the last two years.

BAE  provides grants to FIRST teams because they believe “that the hands-on experience and life skills that students gain through FIRST,  like collaboration, critical thinking, communication, creativity and confidence are necessary for our country, our communities, and our company’s future workforce.”

Thank you, BAE Systems, for your support at so many levels, and for the confidence and trust you place in our FIRST Tech Challenge team.  We will represent with class and professionalism and look forward to sharing our 2013-14 team journey with you!




Thank You, E*Star!

FTC Team Duct Tape is very grateful for the kind and generous support of E*Star.

Based in Clearwater,  this premier Electrical Service company is serving Florida’s Central West Coast “by providing unparalleled customer service with emphasis on complete customer satisfaction at any cost.” That’s a solid GP work ethic that we, at Team Duct Tape, can fully appreciate!

“We are well pleased by giving to valuable community organizations such as Learning is 4 Everyone and Team Duct Tape, whose purpose is to educate our youth and help guide them towards, potentially, prosperous futures!” said Project Manager Chris Varley.

Thank you, E*Star for helping guide and support our next generation of science and technology leaders!

We’re glad to have you along on our FTC journey this season.

Celebrating the Team Behind the Team

Team Duct Tape’s had a busy week, readying for the FTC State Championship this weekend, with our parent “Boosters” kicking in with duct tape swag and team members working on everything from interview practice to final robot tweaks. This is  always the time in our season when we like to remind team 

members of the team behind their team – 

  • Their parents who spend hours driving them to meetings and events,  provide snacks and refreshments and cheer them from the stands;
  • Their mentors who take time from their work day to share their expertise and guidance;
  • Their coaches who have not only devoted hours of their time, and organizational effort, but opened their hearts and their home and
  • Their sponsors and benefactors, who express their support with training, and  fiscal and in-kind donations

We’re deeply grateful to all the individuals and organizations who encourage, teach and support Team Duct Tape students, who guide them through failure and nurture success and who keep character at the forefront of all they do.

The graphic at left is a prime example of the kind of guidance team members get from their families, teachers, coaches and mentors.  It accompanied a donation from one of our team member’s grandparents, made in memory of the student’s grandfather who the donor said, ” absolutely led a Curiosity Driven Life .”

“There was little that didn’t fascinate him and so many things that interested him in wanting to do,” said the donor. “His nickname from his bosses – was MacGyver – as he was always able to fashion a quick fix with the odds and ends of stuff he had on hand. (He) picked up learning new things and tasks so easily and was an excellent problem solver on the job. When (he) wasn’t able to afford a part, a machine or tool, he figured out how to make his own.”

his legacy of creative self-reliance is clearly what the grandparent hopes to nurture in her grandson, a spirit of do-it-yourself inventiveness that being part of Team Duct Tape helps inspire and develop, and which we hope our team members will always enjoy!

So here’s to the Team behind the Team, the people who care and encourage and who model the curiosity, professionalism,  character, teamwork, collaborative community spirit and warm friendship we all hope our children  will in turn grow to model and share with others in their turn.

In gratitude – Team Duct Tape