INTO ORBIT Secret Mission Contest

Three NEW MISSIONS have landed and the INTO ORBIT℠ Secret Mission Contest will be blasting off on February 1. Try to solve one or more of the secret missions for your chance to win this LEGO® set for each of your team members:

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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Thinking about starting an FLL Team next year…..READ THIS!

The 2018-2019 competitive season is currently underway, and students are putting their STEM knowledge to the test as they blast INTO ORBITSM and explore space.

Between now and April 15, 2019, as a newcomer to FIRST LEGO League, you qualify to register for the 2019-2020 competitive season early with Jump Start.

Jump Start provides first-year teams with up to four months of additional time and the opportunity to get comfortable working with the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot and practice completing different missions outside of the competition season.

Each $299 FIRST LEGO League Jump Start registration includes:

Your choice of a Classic Challenge Set ($75 value)
FIRST LEGO League team management, educational, and technical resources
A single team registration for the 2019-2020 season ($225 value)

When registration opens for the upcoming competitive season in May, Jump Start teams will have a credit to apply to their single-team registration fee. To be eligible to compete in the 2019-2020 season, teams will be responsible for purchasing the new season’s Challenge set for $75 (plus applicable taxes, S&H, and local event registration fees).

Jump Start teams can choose how they explore STEM with their choice of a Classic FIRST LEGO League Challenge Set. Themes range from animals to natural disasters, and many more!

Explore Classic Challenges and Register Your Team

When you register before April 15, your team will gain invaluable time to practice their building and programming skills without the time constraints of the season competition timeline.

If you need help with Jump Start registration, or have questions about the program, call (800) 871-8326 or email FIRST® Team Support at firstlegolague@firstinspires.org.

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Registration Pricing Set for 2019-20 Season

The 2019/2020 US/CAN Season Registration will open in May 2019. Feedback from teams and Partners have resulted in un-bundling the registration fee from the Challenge Set so that each can be purchased separately. Note that teams can still only purchase one Challenge Set per registration. The registration fee will remain at $225 for the 9th year in a row and the Challenge Set will remain at $75. Teams will continue to have the option of purchasing LEGO Education products needed for participation in FIRST LEGO League directly from the FIRST storefront.

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Championship News Update #1

Coaches,

We have done the initial PIT MAP for the championship. We have tried to group teams from the same school together, but if we missed something, please let us know by using the “Contact Us” form to the right (in the form, please list all the team numbers from your school…thanks).

Also the championship handbook will be available soon. It will be emailed to the coaches and will have info about the venue, food, parking, etc. Please watch for this in your inbox. We hope to have it done by the time school is back in session in January.

Lastly, should also be receiving a request to confirm your team is coming to championship. Please fill that out so we know your team is coming (and if you are not, this would open a slot for another alternate team to attend).

You will need permission forms or a printed team roster from FIRST for the event (just like the qualifiers). If you turned in paper copies and did not keep a copy for yourself, please have the parents fill out another for the championship (sorry we cannot return the ones turned in at qualifiers).

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CBU FLL Qualifier 2018-2019 Results

Saturday, December 15, 2018 was the fourth West TN Qualifier held at Christian Brothers University, Thomas Center Building in Memphis, TN.

This is our final Qualifier for the INTO ORBITSM Season before West TN FLL Regional Championship Competition on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Thank you to our host CBU and their Faculty, Staff, and Students, especially the CBU Chapter of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity as well as all the other volunteers, team coaches, mentors, and parents!

Coaches should receive an email with their judging rubrics and feedback (if you do not receive them within a week please let us know via the “Contact Us” form to the right).

CBU Champs – Team 32670 – Rohirrim in Training

Congratulations to:

32670 Rohirrim in Training Champions Award
33331 Robo-Wildcats “Kings and Queens of Bots” Project Award
22626 Moonpies Core Values Award
32078 Robo-Wildcats “Alien Acrobats” Robot Design Award
39174 The Mighty STEM Girls Robot Performance Award
4891 Shooting Stars Invited to Championship
24218 Cordova Cougar Cubs Red Invited to Championship
25282 Jawascripts Invited to Championship
27078 Presbyterian Day School 1 Invited to Championship
32300 Havenview Middle – Black Paws Invited to Championship
32301 Havenview Middle – Golden Paws Invited to Championship
35168 Presbyterian Day School 2 Invited to Championship
36889 Bot Builders #2 Invited to Championship
41302 Saint Dominic Suns Invited to Championship
41335 Saint Agnes Stars Invited to Championship
41919 Presbyterian Day School 3 Invited to Championship
4890 Galaxy Geeks Alternate Invite to Championship
40378 Lions Robotics Alternate Invite to Championship
39272 Kingsmen Alternate Invite to Championship
36885 Bot Builders Alternate Invite to Championship

Pictures from the event are posted HERE

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Non-compete Team Grant Opportunity

If you are interested in First Lego League but want to try it out first and don’t have the money, than this is for you! You can apply for this grant initiative. Grant funds will cover the 2018 (Non-compete) registration bundle ($299.00 + s/h) and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. This grant will be available until the funds are depleted.

How is Non-Compete different from Standard Registration?

Teams registered as non-compete are not bound to the standard registration season calendar and do not compete in official local or regional events. Many first-time coaches choose the non-compete registration to ‘learn the ropes’ of the program and technology before diving into the competitive season the following year.

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STCC FLL Qualifier 2018-2019 Results

Saturday, December 8, 2018 was the third West TN Qualifier held at Southwest Tennessee Community College (Macon Campus), Nabors Building in Memphis, TN.

Although the weather seemed more appropriate for Hydro DynamicsSM than for Into OrbitSM, it was a great event!

Thank you to our host STCC and their Faculty, Staff, and Students as well as all the other volunteers, team coaches, mentors, and parents!

Coaches should receive an email with their judging rubrics and feedback (if you do not receive them within a week please let us know via the “Contact Us” form to the right).

STCC Champs – Team 31739 Galactic Pegasi

Congratulations to:

31739 Galactic Pegasi Champions Award
40186 AES Space Kiddets Project Award
42579 ECS Eagles Core Values Award
Robot Performance Award
24835 AstroPandas Robot Design Award
7537 St. Francis Blue Invite to Championship
12352 STEM Stags Invite to Championship
17013 The STEMulators Invite to Championship
20313 Cougar Cogwheels Invite to Championship
33337 Idlewild Eagles Robotics Invite to Championship
39314 Schilling STEM Stallions Invite to Championship
33505 Eaglebots Purple Alternate Invite to Championship
33506 Eaglebots White Alternate Invite to Championship

Pictures from the event are posted HERE

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APSU FLL Qualifier 2018-2019 Results

Saturday, December 1, 2018 was the second West TN Qualifier.  Held at Austin Peay State University in the Morgan University Center Building, 3rd Floor of Clarksville, TN.

Thank you to our host APSU, the volunteers, and team coaches, mentors, & parents!

Coaches should receive an email with their judging rubrics and feedback (if you do not receive them within a week please let us know via the “Contact Us” form to the right).

APSU-Clarksville Champs – 786 E3 Strike

Congratulations to:

786 E3 Strike Champions Award
Robot Performance Award
12366 Richview Robotics Project Award
39739 CA COUGAR CUBS Core Values Award
38465 DevolBerger Robot Design Award
783 E3 Spark Invite to Championship
4568 Hawkbotics – Red Invite to Championship
4570 Hawkbotics – Gold Invite to Championship
27514 Hawkbotics – Black Invite to Championship
32628 Cyber Cougars Invite to Championship
40986 MooreBots Invite to Championship
23350 Cowboy Robotics Alternate Invite to Championship
39740 CA ROBOTICS Alternate Invite to Championship

Pictures from the event are posted HERE

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CBHS FLL Qualifier 2018-2019 Results

Saturday, November 17, 2018 was the first West TN Qualifier held at Christian Brother High School in Memphis, TN.

Thank you to our host CBHS,  the volunteers, mentors, team coaches, and parents!

Coaches should receive an email with their judging rubrics and feedback (if you do not receive them within a week please let us know via the “Contact Us” form to the right).

CBHS Champs – 15496 Space Bears

Congratulations to:

15496 Space Bears Champions Award
43774 B&P FLL Project Award
34182 SMESTurkeys Core Values Award
37703 Astro Force (Bullard/Campus) Robot Design Award
Robot Performance Award
15134 STEAM Rollers Invite to Championship
22139 STEAM Punks Invite to Championship
35114 Lausanne Lynx Invite to Championship
43487 Lynx Robotics Invite to Championship

Pictures from the event are posted HERE

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CBHS Qualifier

The Christian Brother High School Qualifier is this Saturday (Nov 17).

The public is welcome to come and check out the event. We suggest you come in the afternoon when the robot missions are being run (Most fun to watch!)

It will be held on the second floor of the development center. Just park in the CBHS Parking lot and follow the signs and flags for FIRST Lego League.

Here is the full schedule of events:

  • Registration/Check-in will being at 8:00AM
  • Opening Ceremony will start at 8:45AM
  • Core Values, Project Presentation, and Robot Design Judging will be conducted in the morning.
  • Lunch will be from 1:00 – 1:30PM  The Concessions will be open for the majority of the day.  (see below)
  • The Robot Races will be conducted after lunch.  (main arena doors will be shut until the races)
  • Expect the Closing ceremony to end around 4:00PM (dependent on the judges deliberations)

There is a concession stand for food, drinks, snacks etc.

This is the first of four qualifiers for the FLL West TN region.

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