It’s been a couple of years since Team Duct Tape’s enjoyed a Tempest ‘n ‘Tampa event, but that’s where we’ll be all day tomorrow! The event is being held at the Bob Martinez Sports Center at the University of Tampa and is free and open to the public.
If you go, stop by the FTC booth we’re hosting, and visit for a while! We’re looking forward to seeing lots of good friends, old and new!
Team Duct Tape enjoyed a full day at Tempest ‘n’ Tampa yesterday, catching up with FTC friends from around the state, and finding that we’re all pretty much in the same Hot Shot! wiffle ball chucking boat – a few collector ideas, a couple of shooters and no where to put things in between!
The field went largely unused except for some very short practice runs by a few teams, but it
was fun to see the various approaches teams are taking to the game. We enjoyed learning more about the judging process, using the IR sensor (lots of variables there!) , and a new Field Control System beta test.
And we went home with a renewed sense of urgency — our first competition, Hillsborough High School’s RoboMania, is just three weeks away! – and some new ideas. Hopefully we can bring it all together by November 14. At the very least, we’re going to have fun trying!
And Team Duct Tape’s going to be there!
Hosted by East Lake High School’s FRC Team 79 Krunch and the University of South Florida College of Engineering, the 3rd annual Tempest ‘N Tampa off-season robotics event at the USF Sun Dome October 23 & 24 will feature the 2009 FRC game challenge, as well as a VEX Robotics Competition tournament with the new game for the 2009/2010 season – Clean Sweep.
FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge teams, including Team Duct Tape, will also be running new season scrimmage for FLLs Smart Moves, and FTCs Hot Shot! games, making TNT a great opportunity to learn about the different types of robotics learning opportunities available to youth of all ages.
Tempest ‘n’ Tampa is free, so come out and say hello to Team Duct Tape and all the other robotics teams in town to celebrate some of the coolest STEM education programs around!