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1st Meeting of the New Season: A Retrospective, and then Full Steam Ahead!

new-logo-2 Hard to believe the new season kicks off in just a couple of weeks!  The summer just flew by; it seemed we were doing something every month since our return from Atlanta in April.

Wait!  We WERE doing something every month since our return for the World Championship in April!  There was:

Now it’s time to get down to business of competitive robotics, organizing tools and materials, coordinating schedules and, best of all, meeting new team members!

TDT has four potential new team members joining us on Saturday, and we’re really looking forward to spending some time together.  All new members are invited to at least three meetings, to make sure we’re all a good fit for each other – so far, we always have been!  As we enter our third season, we’re proud of the fact that we’ve been able to introduce seven students – from four different public schools, two private schools and homeschools –  to FIRST robotics for the very first time, and to take four of them to the World Championship in their very first season with us – or rather, they helped take us there!  All our new applicants this season are also new to FIRST.

We’re heading into the new season with all of last season’s non-graduating members, now TDT veterans.  All of our graduated members are now in college, at least two in engineering programs.  We feel we’ve made a positive impact on our students, and in our community, and look forward to strengthening connections and friendships with mentors and sponsors, with whom we’ve kept in touch through the summer, all throughout the coming year.

We hope other teams and website visitors will enjoy the wealth of resources we offer up here, as well, in our Robotics Resources page and the Team Duct Tape Library, which will be updated as new season materials become available.

And  look for Team Duct Tape at more events in coming months:

Rumor has it new game hints will soon begin appearing at Ken Johnson’s FTC Blog . Can’t wait!

Great TRAK Visit

trak-welcomeTeam Duct Tape members enjoyed a terrific day at TRAK Microwave in Tampa, on Tuesday.  After sharing some background and information about FIRST and FTC, team members shared their Team Duct Tape knowledge and experiences with an impressive crowd of TRAK employees who turned out for a morning of robotics and lunch with Team Duct Tape and FLL  Brick Buddies.  The SkypeBot was on hand, too, and drew considerable interest.

After lunch, TDT and Brick Buddies enjoyed a great tour of the TRAK Microwave facility and learning all about the remarkable

TDT and Brick Buddies

TDT and Brick Buddies

 technology created and used by TRAK.  We hope to enjoy more  insights and expertise from  TRAK engineering mentors throughout the coming season.

Thank you, TRAK, for a great visit and for making us feel so welcome!


TDT with TRAK Microwave

TDT with TRAK Microwave

Team Duct Tape visiting TRAK Microwave

trak-microwaveTRAK Microwave was one of Team Duct Tape’s biggest sponsor’s last season, contributing generously to our FIRST World Championship journey, as well as providing mentoring guidance during some of our meetings.  On Tuesday, TDT members are bringing FTC to TRAK,  to give a presentation about FIRST Tech Challenge and demo the Hot Shot! game for TRAK engineers. Team members will also have an opportunity to talk with engineers, have lunch with them,  and to get a tour of the TRAK facility – the best of all possible young engineer worlds!  FLL Team Brick Buddies will be along, too,  to showcase FIRST LEGO League and their achievements.

TDT is looking forward to our visit and to thanking TRAK Microwave in person for all their kindness and support.