TDT sponsor Learning is for Everyone has been helping sponsor a rookie FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team this year, #4769, the Electrodes, based at Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg. Programming and CAD mentor, Chris Willingham, has been splitting his mentoring time between TDT and the Electrodes for the last six weeks, an impressive feat considering the teams are more than 30 miles apart.
With the FTC State Championship successfully behind us now, Chris will be putting all his energies into helping the Electrodes get through their first event, the Orlando Regional, being held March 7-9 at the University of Central Florida. Arena.
TDT will be there, too, helping provide FIRST Tech Challenge demonstrations with a couple of our State Championship friends, FTC 4997, Masquerade and FTC 5454, dent in the universe . FLL and Jr. FLL teams will also be showcasing their programs – That’s our whole Finalist Alliance! And we hope to catch some of the FRC action of Ultimate Ascent while we’re there.
There will be 63 FRC teams at the event, from all over Florida, and around the country, as well as few international teams. We can’t wait to see the big robots play!
The Electrodes is a brand new FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) community based youth robotics team co-sponsored by Team Duct Tape’s parent sponsor, Learning is for Everyone (LI4E) and Tampa Bay Microcontrollers and Robotics , and currently based at Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg.
FRC is a FIRST high school level STEM education program where students work with adult mentors to design, build, and program sophisticated robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams, but with a much shorter build season – just six weeks! Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, develop strategy and build and program robots based on sound engineering principles that perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.
Members of the Electrodes are guided by the same Curiosity Driven Learning guidelines set forth in our LI4E FIRST Handbook, which seeks to elevate character,teamwork,and academic and intellectual achievement above all else. The Electrodes inaugural meeting at Dixie Hollins High School earlier this week provided an exciting pre-season kick off for the rookie team, and Team Duct Tape is looking forward to some great collaborative cross-training and learning opportunities with our new FRC sister team!
You can learn more about the Electrodes at their new website at http://frcteam4769.wordpress.com . Congrats Electrodes and GO TEAM!