J. F. Taylor, Inc., located in southern St. Mary's county Maryland, provided the funds to attend
our competitions this year. They employ professionals having experience in a variety of fields:
engineering, programming, mechanical, and electrical to name a few.
Visit their website to learn more about employment opportunites
Marie Spangler is David's Aunt and the FTC team member's Great-Aunt (on the far right of the above
photo). She lovingly made the embroidered logos for our team shirts. Our original shirts were
tie-dyed by the coach and the logos are then sewn onto the shirts. This year's vests were made by the
team. Our costumes are one of the first things others notice about us. The first year, her embroidery
machine had trouble making the face on the cat, because the face was so small and the digital logo was
sent to her in poor condition. The first year's game was called "Face Off", so the shirts matched the
game appropriately. She reworked the digital logo the following year, so her embroidery machine could
include the face. SSI Robotics is in its forth year and some members are no longer with us and new
members have joined. Some of the kids have grown and can no longer wear their old shirts. A shirt has
also been given to one of our biggest sponsors. The logos on all of these shirts represent the hard
work of many people and we wear them proudly. All of us would like to thank her for her efforts,
because all of the work she puts into the logos show how much she cares about us.
Grandma and Grandpa Spangler
Unwritten Laws of Engineering
1. Don't overlook the fact that you're working for your boss.
Whatever the boss wants done first takes first priority.
2. However menial your first assignment may seem give it your best effort.
3. There is always a premium on the ability to get things done.
4. If you haven't enough legal authority assume as much as you
need but keep your boss informed.
5. Don't get excited in an engineering emergency.
Things may not be as bad as they first appear.
6. Freeze a new design when the development has proceeded far enough.
Sometimes better is the enemy of good enough.
7. Confirm your instructions and the other fellow's committments.
8. Don't wait for a vendor or others to deliver,
go after them and keep after them.
9. Don't be timid, speak up, express yourself, promote your ideas.
10. Be extremely careful on the accuracy of your statements and
strive for conciseness and clarity in all reporting.
Support our sponsor by contacting Jack Spangler for book info and availability
Spangler Genealogy (Book Published 1997)
Beser Foundation (Book Published 2007)
The Long Journey: Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki Synopsis (Book Published 2010)