It’s a new year, a new challenge (Cascade Effect!) and we’ve got a new team member, Michael, making us 11 strong this year.
Since we really didn’t stop meeting all summer long, it wasn’t too hard to get back into the swing of things for our 7th season. We started off our first “official” meeting at the Hive, at the John F. Germany Library, where we’ve been pretty active all summer.
Recent outreach efforts include helping out at the Hive open houses, FIRST training days, and, last week, providing demos and information about FIRST to the Tampa chapter of IEEE-RAS
We’ve got a pretty tight competition schedule here in Florida, with the League system and the South Super Regional between the State Championship and the FIRST Championship. So once meets start we expect the season to fly!
The Hive is the new 10,000 sq. ft. makerspace at the John F. Germany Library in downtown Tampa, designed by our sponsors, the Eureka Factory, and brought to life by the awesome librarians at the Tampa Hillsborough Public Library System. One of the coolest things about the Hive is the Robotics Center, with a permanent FIRST Tech Challenge field donated by AndyMark, two FIRST LEGO League tables that we built and donated, and outfitted with improvements and custom furniture by one of our team members, Bryce, as his Eagle Scout project.
We’ve helped provide training for library staff, on the FIRST experience, and have helped with FIRST demos and outreach during Hive Open Houses, leading up to the Grand Opening later this year. And now the Hive is even starting its own FIRST LEGO League team!
There have also been two FIRST Training Days held at the Hive this month, with more planned. It’s a great space with lots of resources and opportunities for making and doing.
TDT videographer, Ryder, put together this video during the first Hive Open House back in July. The next open house is August 23, starting at noon.