FLL Workshops at Christian Brothers University

Workshops will be held at CBU, 650 East Parkway South. Memphis TN.  Workshops are from 9:00 am to noon on Saturday August 27 and September 10.  There is no admission, but space is limited and registration is required.  Please include you email and register individually or indicate the number coaches, team members, volunteers in the comments.  Please bring your robot and laptop if you have them.  Indicate new or returning.  Topics include basic programming, advanced sensors, game strategy.

You will receive an email confirmation about a week before the workshop. They are the same, so please just register for one.

Register at

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Global Challenge Release


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E-Day Announced


Save the Date!

Friday, October 21st
8:30am – 4pm

Learn about the amazing opportunities available through engineering majors and careers when you visit the Herff College of Engineering’s annual open house event!


Join us for competitions, walk-up activities, lab tours, and a host of other exciting events during our annual EDay celebration!

Registration for the day is available by visiting our website:

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2016 Girls Experiencing Engineering Camp Offered


More info: http://www.memphis.edu/gee/
Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GEEHS2016

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Summer Robotic Camps



[note – this is NOT a FLL Camp, but if you (or your child) is interested in robotics, here is a robot camp you might be interested in]

TRAINING CAMP (Grades 6-10)

June 20-24, 2016, University of Memphis, Herff College of Engineering, Memphis, TN
Details and Registration http://www.robotevents.com/re-workshop-16-4892.html


July 18-22, 2016 Collierville High School, Collierville, TN
Details and Registration http://www.robotevents.com/re-workshop-16-4871.html

Participants will use the VEX Robotics Design System to build a frame and base for
your robot, interchange wheels, create geared armatures, and engineer wiring. The
team’s bot will have to adapt to compete in user-piloted challenges and obstacle
courses, as well as autonomous robot challenges that will require programming using
ROBOTC software.

Note: Many of the activities are team-based to simulate real-world robotics

Ages: Grades 6-10 (entering 2016-17 school year)

Check-In: 8-8:30am Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 3-3:30pm Mon-Fri

Tuition: $250*/student per week (Teacher training is free!)

*Scholarships are available for qualifying participants.

(Contact sbrasher@colliervilleschools.org for teacher and scholarship application.)

Tuition Includes:
• Custom T-shirt
• Lunch and Snacks
• Access to online curriculum after camp
• Gaming tournaments
• New skills and self-confidence
• Certificate to enter a team into an official VEX tournament for the 2016-17 season, hosted by Dragon Robotics


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Team Registration Opened

Team Registration is opened! There are a few things we’d like you to be aware of as we get ready for the new season:

  • Each team must have 2 coaches that have passed YPP screening and they must check the boxes stating that they agree to the YPP Policies and to the Terms & Conditions for the season BEFORE the team will be able to pay their team registration fee to FIRST.
  • The Field Setup Kit is now called the Challenge Set and will begin shipping around August 1st .
  • The cost for team registration and the Challenge Set will remain unchanged. The cost of the EV3 set available for purchase by teams and Partners has been reduced to $439.

Please refer THIS LINK to see info about improvements to the team registration system, including screenshots of the new system.

Direct link to register teams is: http://www.firstinspires.org/node/10626

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New Team Registration Site – Coming Soon


We are excited to announce the upcoming release of the NEW Team Registration portion of our website, which will replace the existing Team Information Management Systems (TIMS). With this change, the need for four separate program Team registration systems goes away – the new team registration is now an extension of firstinspires.org website. The new team registration process will make it much easier for Coaches and Mentors to create and manage their teams. This will allow them to reduce time on administrative activities, giving them more time to spend mentoring their teams.


Features of the new process include:

  • Simple easy-to-use “wizard” approach to all program registrations
  • Reduced data requirements and streamlined entry choices
  • Simple dashboard serves as a launch point for all registration-related processes and shows the overall status of the user’s teams across all four FIRST programs (e.g. If a Coach has a FIRST® LEGO® League Team and a FIRST® Tech Challenge Team they will have visibility into status of each team from one location)
  • The ability to register, pay for, and manage teams using a common workflow for all four FIRST programs
  • New easy-to-use payment and grant processing functionality provides visibility to grants awarded and the ability to pay for multiple teams at once
  • System is optimized for both desktop and smartphone browsers

Launch Schedule:

The new site will be launched with our FIRST® LEGO® League season opening on May 10th and then will be available for the opening of the other programs seasons:

  • FIRST® Tech Challenge on May 18th
  • FIRST® Robotics Competition on May 19th
  • FIRST ®LEGO League Jr. on August 1st

All existing user accounts will remain the same, and all existing teams will be rolled forward to the new season as we normally do at this time of year and will be accessible from the new site. You can view example pages from the new site here.

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CBU Press Release for FLL Workshop

Frank Niedzwiedz (‘EE 82), Dan Kohn (University of Memphis), Tom Banning (University of Memphis), and Chris Nielsen (‘ECE ’07), directed the First Lego League (FLL) workshop at Christian Brothers University on Saturday April 16, 2016 with the assistance of Dr. John Ventura (‘EE 65), Kate Bollinger (‘ECE & CS ‘18), Brian McGinnis (ECE & CS ’18), Patrick McGinnis (ECE & CS ’15). IEEE, TSPE, and the CBU Electrical and Computer Engineering Department sponsored the workshop. Twelve teachers, coaches, mentors, and parents that represented eight schools attended the workshop. In addition, twelve students participated in the workshop. FLL team consist of 2 to 10 members of ages 9 to 14 and in the grades of 4 to 8. Teams must register in mid-September and the West Tennessee FLL competition will be held in January of 2017 at the University of Memphis. Chris Nielsen (‘ECE ’07) is pictured with middle school students below at the workshop.


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Workshop Held

Today, we held a workshop at CBU for both rookie and veteran teams. The rookies learned about FLL, and basic robot programing. The veterans learned about Encoders (Motor Rotation), Touch, Color, Sonar and Gyro sensors.



Info from the Advanced Workshop:

Code from Advanced Workshop:

Thank you to CBU for hosting the event and to the CBU IEEE Student branch for helping out. Also thanks to the presenters and to the teachers who came out on their Saturday to help their FLL Teams!

We hope to have another workshop in the fall, so check back for details.

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New Poster for Animal Allies


Click on image to download PDF.

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