One of the most interesting aspects of ROBOTICON Tampa Bay every year is the inclusion of external entertainment. For all 3 years we have had the pleasure of DJ Jake Dela Cruz, a local teenage DJ. This year we were pleased to be introduced to Maestro Maines Studio, which has a local steel pan band called Show Steelers.
The group of youth performed a Star Wars-inspired musical show on Sunday, adding to the entertainment. This was the group's first public performance, and the attendees enjoyed it greatly. Before that, though, we spoke to the director, Matthew Maines, about where the band came from and where they are headed.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.
Daniele is a student at Florida Polytechnic University who is studying Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Security. In High School, she was introduced to the science and technology world through the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a robotics foundation where students of varying ages can compete through tasks that their robots perform. With help from mentors she met through FIRST, she became interested in programming and developing. Today, Daniele is a special events host for F5 Live: Refreshing Technology and PLuGHiTz Live Special Events and a co-host for both The New Product Launchpad and FIRST Looks.