Resources for Hydro Dynamics

Teams, looking for resources to get started on the Hydro Dynamics season?

The University of Memphis has Water on Wheels (WOW) is a mobile learning experience focused on the science of water. For more info or to book a visit to your school check out there webpage at http://www.memphis.edu/wateronwheels/.

WOW will also be at the following events that are open to the public:

Tiger Blue Goes Green (Tuesday Sep 27 from 10am – 2pm at the UofM Student Plaza) (More Info)

E-Day (Friday Oct 20, 2017 all day) (More Info)

You can also contact Clean Water Memphis which is a local organization interested in protecting our water here in Memphis.

Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW) has there water quality report online. You can also request a speaker for your school HERE

Know of other resources you are willing to share? Use the “Contact US” form to the right to let us know. Please use the subject line “Team Resources”

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TVA Funding and other Registration News

TVA is once again working with FIRST to get more students involved in Science Technology Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) by paying the registration fee for all the teams in there service region (including West TN – See Map)

While FIRST works out the details of how this will be done it is suggested that teams DO NOT PAY FOR REGISTRATION (complete the online registration up until the payment). This will let us know how many teams are planing on participating and also get you on the list of teams to receive funding (last year, towards the end of registration, the money did run out).

If it goes as planned, the registration cost will be credited to your account shortly.

Please note that West TN will still have a regional activity fee of $75 this year to help support the qualifiers. This will be paid separately from the team registration.

Teams will also still be required to buy the Challenge Set (AKA the Field Setup Kit) for $75.

Also see the new registration options (in other post)….

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New Registration Option

FIRST just announced a new registration option. It is called Season Pass (working name, might change). It gives an option for schools that want to give the FLL experience to more students a NEW OPTION.

There are two Season Pass Options:

Small – 50 students @ $950 (15% discount) and you can purchase up to 5 challenge sets @75 a piece
Large – 100 Students @ 1795 (20% discount) and you can purchase up to 10 challenge sets @75 a piece

This allows schools to form multiple teams in house and then select the best team to move forward to the regional qualifier. The down side is that ONLY ONE TEAM GETS TO MOVE TO THE OFFICIAL QUALIFIERS.

We will have more details on this option after the FIRST Community Conference next week, so stay tuned for an update.

PS – At this time this option might not be showing up on the FIRST Team Registration page, but should appear shortly.

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Vex IQ Robotics Camp

St George is hosting a Vex IQ Robotics Camp

Here is the description:

Intro to VEX IQ Robotics
Crista Smothers, SGIS Computer Science/Engineering Teacher
Morning (9am-12pm)
Coed, rising 6-9
Collierville
Maximum: 15
$215

Campers will dive head-first into VEX IQ, a platform “geared” toward young innovators interested in building and programming robots. This camp is suitable for those just beginning their journey into robotics and programming as well as those who have some VEX experience. Campers will get an introduction to the creative and collaborative process of robotics as they build, program, and run amazing task-oriented machines! Campers should bring a computer.

To register CLICK HERE

[Editor Note: This camp is based on VEX IQ, not the Lego EV3’s and is NOT associated with FLL, but this announcement was posted for those interested in going to a robotics camp this summer]

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Team Registration for 2017-18 Season Opened

Did you know that team registration is now opened for the 2017-18 robotics season?

It opened on Thursday, May 11 at 12:00 P.M. ET.

To help you get started, FIRST was streamlined the registration website, and now offer:

  • A simplified dashboard with reminders to keep you on track
  • Improvements to our Coach screening process. Two Youth Protection Plan (YPP) screened Coaches are still required to manage the team roster and begin meeting with youth, but now Coaches and administrators can create teams, pay, and order products while they are completing the screening process.

To register your team log into your account at: https://www.firstinspires.org/

Please email us or call (800) 871-8326, extension 0 with any questions. See you soon for an exciting 2017-2018 season!

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What it takes

Do you want to see what it takes to be a finalist for the Global Innovation Award? Check out this year’s finalists.

The winners will be announced on June 20, 2017 and will be streamed live starting at 4:30 EDT on TWITCH.

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FLL TED Talk

From: TED

A young inventor’s plan to recycle Styrofoam

From packing peanuts to disposable coffee cups, each year the US alone produces some two billion pounds of Styrofoam — none of which can be recycled. Frustrated by this waste of resources and landfill space, Ashton Cofer and his science fair teammates developed a heating treatment to break down used Styrofoam into something useful. Check out their original design, which won both the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award and the Scientific American Innovator Award from Google Science Fair.

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Memphis Public Library offers FREE Summer Camps

FREE Summer Camps at your Memphis Public Libraries…

The Memphis Public Libraries are offering FREE Summer Camps again this year, at various Library branches. Serving more than 250 students ages 10-18, from June 12 through August 3, participants will be learning cutting-edge skills like coding, music production, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)!

Applications accepted, starting April 5, until May 8:
http://www.memphislibrary.org/teen-summer-camps-2017/

(ALL camps are FREE, and include a T-shirt, drawstring backpack, and lunch/snacks)

Thank you for your interest in the AutoZone 2017 Summer STEM Camps!

Thanks to AutoZone and The University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering, STEM Summer Camps will be offered again this year, from 9am-1pm, for boys and girls ages 14-18, at the Memphis Public Libraries, these weeks/locations:

June 12 – 16 @ the Whitehaven Branch (4120 Millbranch Rd.)
June 19 – 23 @ the Cordova Branch (8457 Trinity Rd)
July 10 – 14 @ the Central Branch (3030 Poplar Ave., in CLOUD901)
July 17 – 21 @ the Cordova Branch (8457 Trinity Rd)

The Society for Information Management (SIM) is offering “Tween” Tech Camp this year, held at the Memphis Public Libraries from 9am-4pm, for boys and girls ages 10-12, these weeks/locations:

June 12 – 15 @ the East Shelby Branch (7200 E. Shelby Drive)
July 17 – 22 @ the Central Branch (3030 Poplar Ave., in Room L-56)

These camps will also be offered at the Memphis Public Libraries from 10am-2pm, for boys and girls ages 13-18, at these locations during these weeks:

June 12-15, June 19-22 and June 26-29th -CLOUD901 Robotics Camp (at the Central Library branch; 3030 Poplar Ave., in CLOUD901), thanks to our partner St. Mary’s Episcopal School

June 24-27 and July 31-August 3 – CLOUD901 Coding Camp (at the Central Library branch; 3030 Poplar Ave., in CLOUD901), thanks to our partner Goodwyn Institute

July 10-13 and July 17-20 – CLOUD901 Art Camp (at the Central Library branch; 3030 Poplar Ave., in CLOUD901), thanks to our partner The Goodwyn Institute

June 12-15 and June 19-22 – CLOUD901 Music Summer Camp (at the Central Library branch; 3030 Poplar Ave., in CLOUD901), thanks to our partner Memphis Music Initiative

Check out these photos/videos from last year:

For a more complete list of camps and locations click HERE.

For questions/concerns, please contact:
Teen Services Coordinator Tamika C. Richmond, Ed.D.
tamika.carwell@memphistn.gov or 901-415-2760

All Library programs are FREE.
Donations always accepted, online here!

Thank you for LOVING your
Memphis Public Libraries.
MEMPHIS LIBRARY FOUNDATION | www.memphislibraryfoundation.org | djalfon@memphislibraryfoundation.org

To read more about the Memphis Library Foundation, click here.

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Congratulations Team 30146

On Mar 2, 2017, the Memphis National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Jr Academy Program Team (Team 30146) traveled to the NSBE National Conference in Kansas City, MO to compete in the NSBE FLL Championship and came away with the First Place Research Award! Congratulations Team!

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Put Her FIRST

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