11th Hour Donations Welcome!
There's just a few more hours left in our Kickstarter campaign and we want to make every last minute count! We welcome contributions of any size - just a dollar or two will do! And will go an enormous way towards helping us have a successful FIRST Tech Challenge season. Thank you!
Stretch Goal: Reached! Thank You!
About the same time that we announced we'd met our Kickstarter target in just five days, FIRST announced the addition of Super-Regionals to our competition model. While it's pretty exciting to have another level of competition added to the growing FIRST Tech Challenge program, it also adds additional expense, at least if you make it to the top levels in the State Championship . And since we never plan for anything less than success, having earned our way to the State Championship every year since our founding, and earning a spot at the World Championship twice, we figure it won't hurt to plan ahead.
So with future success in mind, and three weeks left in our Kickstarter campaign, we're stretching our fundraising goal to $1500. We're already $30 into the new target amount, thanks to the generosity of our great supporters. We'll throw some new duct tape bling in for donors of $25 or more,too!
What is FIRST?
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is not just about building a robot. Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST and inventor of the Segway personal transporter, among other technological advances, wanted to get young people as excited about math and science as they are about sports. Sometimes called the "Varsity Sport for the Mind," FIRST reaches students of all ages - from elementary to high school. This is a sport where "everyone can go pro!" FIRST Robotics students get hands-on experience that will give them a "kickstart" for college and beyond! Plus, students participating in FIRST programs are eligible to apply for over $16 million in scholarships.
Who is Team Duct Tape:
Team Duct Tape is a community-based robotics team comprised of public, private, and home schooled students from Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties in Florida. Each season, our team builds a new robot to compete against other teams in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competition. Team members learn hands-on skills with the help of volunteer, professional mentors.
Team Duct Tape is starting our 6th season as participants in FTC. As a community team, we are not sponsored by a school system. We pay our own way by raising money through our team member fee, sponsors, and fund raising. Expenses include competition entry fees, robot parts (motors, servos, computers, gears, raw material, etc.), software, travel, and other team-related costs. Coaches and mentors are NOT paid positions. Additionally, this season, we plan to build our own 3-D printer to be able to produce custom parts. All money spent is ultimately used to help 'build' future scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.
We Need Your Help
We are asking for support from our friends, community, or anyone wanting to encourage young people to follow careers in technology. Tax deductible contributions of any size are valued and appreciated! Team funds are managed by Learning is for Everyone, LI4E.org, our 501-C3 sponsor. Your support will not only help our present team, but also our future students, as parts, tools, and knowledge are handed-down to the next generation of team members!
So what do TDT students really learn?
- Problem-solving, design and prototyping
- Teamwork, communication, and collaboration
- Shop skills, such as drilling with hand drill and drill press, using band, table, and chop saws, and shaping plastic, metal and wood
- Mechanical engineering skills, such as fabricating parts, assembling components, and working with motors, gears, servos, & pneumatics
- Electrical engineering skills, such as wiring, working with circuit boards, and troubleshooting electrical issues
- CAD & CAM skills
- Software programming skills
- Public relation skills, such as public speaking, marketing, branding, and team promotion
These are the type of skills that Makers and Kickstarters LIKE YOU may already have. It is our goal that Team Duct Tape students become tomorrow's innovators! Your Kickstarts will be greatly appreciated.
The game is different each season and we never know exactly what challenges will be presented. Our goal is to have resources available to learn, build, and compete!
Please support the next generation of inventors and engineers by making a pledge today—our team will be forever grateful.
Special thanks to our parents, coaches, mentors, and sponsors for making this team possible!
Risks and challenges
There is very little risk in this Kickerstarter project. FIRST is a worldwide, established organization with rules that each team must follow. Additionally, Team Duct Tape is guided by a written handbook with specifics regarding roles and responsibilities. Furthermore, Team Duct Tape has competed in this FIRST program for five years, each time building a competitive robot. All funds raised will support the team by paying for entry fees, tools, parts, and related team expenses. We expect insurmountable challenges, regular failure, and occasional conflict. Coaches and mentors are there to show team members paths to proceed and, eventually, succeed. In the finest FIRST tradition, we want to be help our great students become "Gracious Professionals", a characteristic of encouraging high-quality work, emphasizing the value of others, and respecting individuals and the community.
LI4E is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates engaging experiential learning opportunities in the sciences and arts for people of all ages. Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. Learning is for Everyone is a Guidestar Exchange Partner and is registered with the Florida Division of Consumer Services. Our registration number is CH22867.*
*A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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