First Qualifier Under Way

Our first qualifier is underway at CBHS!

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MLGW Host Robotics Event

From News Channel 3 Live at 9 Nov 8, 2019

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SPIKE™ Prime UPDATE

LEGO Education SPIKE Prime will start shipping on January 9, 2020, and will be allowed for use in FIRST LEGO League from that date forward.

Obviously that is probably too late for the City Shaper Season (at least in West TN), but we wanted you to know.

Note that the EV3 will still be supported by Lego and that the SPIKE is NOT a replacement so you do NOT have to run out and get new robots for the 2020-21 season. Yes there are a few advantages to the SPIKE (built in gyro, better cable management) but there are also a few disadvantages (no LCD display – only multi color LED’s).

You can find out more about SPIKE Prime at legoeducation.com

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Mac OS – EV3 Software issue

If you have a Mac (Mojave OS) and you have an issue when trying to use the EV3 Mindstorm software and all you get is empty blocks like:

It could be that you have an issue with Mono. Download and install Mono 5.10.1 from THIS WEBSITE.

This solution was found HERE.

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Videos on EV3 Programming and Design for FLL

The award-winning LCats FLL team invites FLL teams to view their YouTube videos on EV3 programming and design.  Through the videos they share their successful EV3 programs such as line following, PID control, turning, and Master program, along with their use of jigs, frame, and side-wheels. 

LCats FLL  YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0MSyyzVGRBa2GY54anW6iw

LCats web site: https://sites.google.com/site/lcatsfll/

The videos:
·         Advanced Line Follower: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXQOEZVnDms
·         Simple PD Line Follower:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDpZXF88kyc
·         Straight Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuSjoWUpAho&t=190s
·         Turn-in-Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkwPbbBEHwA
·         Simple Turn-in-Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFqc-vZxu0o
·         PID Control: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbMUOgJInYs
·         Acceleration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otw5vG-CVOE
·         Master Program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWIE04kEuMk
·         Jigs, Frame, and Side-wheels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee-cC6j6ios
·         2018 LCats 220 Point Into Orbit Robot Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjfo0vdEwxw
·         2018 LCats FIRST LEGO League Presentation to Judges: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckncNH7XiPE

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Coach Webinar

Coach Webinar Join FIRST on Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00 PM CT for a webinar for coaches to share ideas and tips to help prepare for their CITY SHAPERSM events. The webinar will be geared toward new coaches, but all are welcome! Details to join the meeting here. 

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Workshop Held

Today (Sep 21, 2019), a workshop was held at CBU for the City Shaper Season. Special thanks to CBU (for hosting the workshop), CBU IEEE Student Branch and to the presenters.

As promised, here are the links to the workshop materials:

Presentation
Table Overview
Workshop NXT-G Code
Speak Color NXT-G Code (for testing color sensor)

Linetrack (Advance Class)

We also referred to the STEP FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEASON and also encourage you to check out the FLL USEFUL LINKS section of this website for tutorials.

If you are interested in coming to the Engineering Open House (E-Day) and participating in the Scrimmage during that event…see THIS LINK for more information.

We also took pictures of the event….they can be found HERE.

Thank you to all the teams, coaches and mentors for coming out today and participating…..have a GREAT City Shaper Season!

PS we do have one lost and found item (an almost empty white bin with two wheels inside). If it belongs to you please contact us and we will make arrangements for you to pick it up.

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Chance to talk to experts!

Saint Agnes Academy / Saint Dominic School FLL Teams have arrange a web conference with Roger Ekstrom, who is in Planning and Development, and Nicholas Oyler, who is the city Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager for the City of Memphis.

They are going to talk about what they do for the city and will give time for questions afterwards.

They are inviting other West TN FLL Teams to participate. The meeting will be on September 19th from 3:30-4:30. Please register HERE for the event. After registering, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the online meeting.

Sponsored by:

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Is Your Team On Our List?

The list of teams registered with FIRST can now be found HERE and on the menu bar under “West TN Teams”.

Please check to see that your team is listed. If it is not, and you received the TVA or TVR grant, you probably need to log back into your TEAM’S FIRST DASHBOARD and look under “Team Fiances”. If you see Payment/Product (Receipt) row does not equal the Team Shopping Cart Row, then you have not applied the grant to the teams bill.

Teams will not show up on the team list UNTIL FIRST has received payment!

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Mac users and the EV3 – URGENT

The current version of the EV3 Lab software is not compatible with the upcoming update to macOS, called Catalina. LEGO is therefore introducing a brand-new EV3 app in November 2019, called LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Classroom. Based on the SPIKE™ app, EV3 Classroom will feature a coding language based on Scratch that LEGO is confident will unleash the full potential of EV3 in the FIRST LEGO League program. The first release of EV3 Classroom will be in US English, followed by the other 15 EV3 languages in spring 2020.

To continue to enjoy an uninterrupted EV3 experience and to avoid losing your programs, LEGO strongly recommend that you do not update to Catalina until the end of the FIRST LEGO League season in July 2020. If you have already updated to the new OS, please contact Technical Consumer Service at education.LEGO.com/en-us/support to discuss how we can help you during this transition period.

For further questions and support, we encourage you to reach out to LEGO Technical Consumer Service using the link above.

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