As we spend the last few days readying for the Houston FIRST Championship, we want to take some important time to say Thank You – Thank you to our mentors, family and friends, who have been doing so much to help us prepare for the international Houston FIRST Championship, and thank you to our sponsors, who are helping us meet expenses for this exciting opportunity.
One of our most generous donors this season is SOFWERX. SOFWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute, which is also FIRST LEGO League affiliate partner in North Florida, and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Located in Tampa, FL. SOFWERX’s goal is to bring the right minds together to solve challenging problems for the war fighter. But they do some amazing community good in the process.
SOFWERX is a huge friend of FIRST and STEM education in Tampa, annually donating over $10,000 to area teams, plus co-hosting an annual live FIRST Robotics Competition kick -off in partnership with our nonprofit fiscal sponsor, Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI). SOFWERX also provides professional engineering pre-bag & tag reviews for the FIRST Robotics Competition teams, and sponsors FIRST LEGO League tournaments in Hillsborough County. SOFWERX has also contributed to FCDIs Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) Fab Lab, where we’re the program’s first “house” team. SOFWERX also has a great internship program that many FIRST alumni have been part of, including our own Ryder Fitzpatrick.
We’re very grateful for their support and will do our best to make it loud and proud for SOFWERX and everyone helping us get to the FIRST Championship in Houston!
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!
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.