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Team Duct Tape Heads to Houston FIRST Championship!

That’s right – we did it! We earned the Connect Award at the Florida FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship, and a spot at the FIRST Tech Championship in Houston in April. We join six other Florida teams, all from Tampa Bay and Central Florida:

We’re one of the oldest teams in the bunch, at 11 years old, next to Gears of Fire.  But it’s been a while since our team has made it to the international Championship event,  so we’re super excited, and grateful for the opportunity to compete at the higher level, where we’ll face off against – and with – 160 of the best teams from around the world.  We’re especially excited to represent for our new home base, the Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) Fab Lab, under development by our nonprofit sponsor, Foundation for Community Driven Innovation, at University Mall near the University of South Florida.

We’ve been building at our new location since the ROBOT League Championship, and have been able to connect with new mentors, as well enjoy easy access to everything from 3D printers to power tools. We’re the first of what will be four “house” teams at AMRoC, which will include programming for FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Robotics Competition teams, as well as FIRST Tech Challenge.

Now it’s back to the workbench to refine our robot further, and do everything we can to be competitive at the international level.  And we’re inviting all the Championship-bound teams to a Scrimmage at AMRoC with us, on March 30 .  Additionally, AMRoC welcomes teams to use the FIRST Tech Challenge field and build space to meet and practice, in readiness for Houston.

Thank you to everyone, from our families to our mentors, for helping guide us to such a successful season this year!

Now we can use a little more help getting to Houston.  Please consider becoming a Team Duct Tape sponsor and helping us complete this final stage of Rover Ruckus season!

 

Team Duct Tape Ready to Raise a Rover Ruckus in 11th Season!

We’ve been so busy since kick-off in early September, we haven’t had a chance to post an update until now.

First of all, congratulations to Marcus of KNO3 for taking home the duct tape Minion in recognition of his great Rover Ruckus game guess, in our annual Guess the Game challenge!  And second, Rover Ruckus is pretty awesome.   The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by descending from a central platform called “the Lander”, collecting Minerals (blocks and balls) from the Crater, sorting and scoring Minerals into the Cargo Hold of the Lander, performing Autonomous tasks, and navigating to specific parts of the Playing Field.  You can see the Rover Ruckus game animation and other related game specs on our Library page.

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TDT Annual New Season Guess the Game!

It’s that time of year again! Time for FIRST Tech Challenge Team Duct Tape’s annual Guess the Game Game!  This year, we’re going to try again, to give away our homemade duct tape Minion – who ended up living an extra year with us after last season’s live kick off was called on account of bad weather.

So Minion is back, and looking for a home with whoever comes up with a guess closest to this season’s actual game challenge.  Using the Rover Ruckus teaser video below, and any game hints you might detect in the FIRST Tech Challenge blog, teams attending the West Florida FIRST Tech Challenge Kick Off at Middleton High School this coming Saturday, September 8, can put their best guesses in a box we’ll have there.  After the game reveal, we’ll award the Minion to whoever came closest!

So, start combing through anything that looks like clues, and we’ll see you on Saturday!