TDT members are heading out to visit our friendand mentor, Paul Markun, at Tampa Technik today. He’s donating some materials to the team, looking over the current robot design with us, and we’ll be looking at some design ideas for a new cart. Word has it we’ll be doing a lot of walking at the World event, and we need some good robot transport. It’s always fun to visit Mr. Markun and we’re looking forward to it!
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. ~Albert Einstein
TDT members celebrated their sweet success with an abundance of good eats, on Saturday, including a cake declaring “Rip it! Stick it! Done! Atlanta Here We Come!” (which gave the cake decorator some pause) and a cookie cake reminding us that “Duct Tape = Infinite Possibilities!”, and then got down to the business of planning for World Championship success. But not before we took time to consider and honor the team behind the team.
Team Duct Tape is ten great members strong. But behind each of our team members is a team of caring parents, siblings, other relatives, friends, teachers, and mentors. And supporting the entire team is an encouraging community of professionals, organizations and businesses who take time to guide, teach or fund Team Duct Tape. And beyond them is the FIRST community itself, full of caring individuals who volunteer their time and expertise to run competitions and provide guidance and resources to help teams be successful and have fun.
Team members also enjoyed hearing all the great warm thoughts sent their way by other teams and by friends and mentors, who commented on “the friendliness and positive
atitudes of everyone associated with your team,” who said they were “extremely proud to have our company logo on the side of such a strong competitor,” and who praised our robot as “outstanding.”
When Team Duct Tape heads to the World Championship in Atlanta in April, they take with them the trust and faith of a lot more then ten people. Their “Team” numbers in the dozens! Team Duct Tape does not succeed in a vacuum, team members were reminded. To help keep the real Team Duct Tape Team in mind, team members now have a new team roster poster to reflect on, featuring each member connected to family and supporters. We’re taking you ALL with us to Atlanta!
After getting our priorities straight, TDT got down to the business of building and programming, reevaluating State Championship performances and considering the best plan of action and construction for the World event, where we know the competition will be fierce and exemplary.
While team members worked on the mechanics of World, team parents worked on the lighter details, including ideas for tweaking our team look, and for team give-aways. The duct tape was flowing freely and artistically throughout the afternoon, and by the end of the day, the Duct Tape Divas had a game plan and lots of homework!
Next Saturday, we head over to the FRC Regionals in Orlando, to help run FTC demos, and then it’s nose to the grindstone through April. It’s hard to believe we’ve only got about five more meetings to pull everything together before the Championship! But we’ve got a big Team, so we’re good!
In Ken Johnson’s FTC blog, he notes that the FMS format we used here for our State Championship will be used at the World event in Atlanta:
Some of you have heard the news about how we plan to run the FTC World Championship re: the Field management System (FMS). If you have not, the plan is to allow teams to run the FMS directly from their own laptops at the playing fields. We’ve tried this in Florida and it worked well giving teams more control over their robots and the pairing process, and speeding up cycle times at the field.
He assures readers that there are few if any problems with this format and concludes, “this format will make the World Championship run smoother. The biggest benefit is that teams can run the FMS, on their own, as many times as they’d like to test their robots.”
We can happily add our voice to that assurance. Using team computers at the Florida State Championship proved an easy, efficient and satisfying way to compete at the event, and kept the event on schedule and exciting to participate in as a result of the speed of the matches and the short wait time between matches.
You can read more about Florida pioneered FMS format at our “New Procedure” post from January 31.It really did work well and should make everyone’s experience at the World Championship a lot more fun and engaging!