The train’s running a bit slow but we’re still on track for a good showing at this coming Saturday’s Middleton High School Last Shot Qualifying Competition. More than a dozen teams will compete in this final qualifying event before the Feb. 27 State Championship .at the University of South Florida.
This is our last opportunity to put the robot to the test in a competitive environment, to evaluate the improvements team members made after their first competition in November’s RobotMania at Hillsborough High School.
In the intervening months, TDT members have collaborated with mentors , mentored FLL teams and volunteered at FLL events, done some community outreach, and welcomed a new member who’s plunged right in with the can-do team spirit that keeps Team Duct Tape going strong!
Now it’s just a matter of putting it all together, on Saturday, and showing just how much team members have learned and how much they truly enjoy working together.
Team Duct Tape members enjoyed a remarkable tour of the University of South Florida’s robotics and engineering technologies labs and programs yesterday, including a fun visit with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Racing Team.
Team members got up close and personal with the latest adaptive technologies underway at USF’s Rehabilitative Engineering and Technology Program , including a peek at the BCI system that proposes using brainwaves to manipulate robotic arms and wheelchairs.
Students also tried their hand at using adaptive driving equipment, learning the
challenges of driving using only a joystick control.
The whole tour was a great eye opener for all the possibilities available to students interested in engineering, and all the possibilities engineering brings the world.
Thanks, USF, for a great and inspiring visit!