TN Valley Robotics – Video Competition

TN Valley Robotics is sponsoring a video competition for robotics teams & individuals to promote robotics in the TN Valley region. We will have three categories ( elementary, middle/high school, and teacher/coach). We will choose 12 videos that best represent why our Valley youth are engaged in robotics. Each of those 12 winners will receive $100 for their robotics team.

For details please read THIS DOCUMENT.

Since these videos may be used in schools, companies, on TN Valley Robotics web site and other locations to increase the interest in robotics for other students, a RELEASE is required for all individuals appearing in the video.

If you have questions please contact Charley Spencer at cwspencer@tnvrobotics.org

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New Version SPIKE PRIME App

It is with great excitement that we share that the SPIKE App version 1.2.0 has now been released in all languages and will be available in various app stores, on the LEGO® Education website here.

The updates in this release include:

  • New Python coding experience – Python editor and documentation
  • Improved Sound Editor
  • Improved ‘My Projects’ functionality – added management of projects
  • Improved ’Settings’ functionality – added control of notifications
  • Prolonged idle time before Hub timeout – from 5 to 20 minutes
  • Overall bug fixes and stability improvements

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Mat Photo Released

Found this picture of the Replay Mat on the FIRST Lego League Facebook page:

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Watch “FIRST LEGO League Challenge #RePLAY – Sneak Peek” on YouTube

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Season Theme Teaser (all programs)

Watch FIRST Virtual Showcase Presented by Qualcomm from FIRSTinspires on www.twitch.tv

Watch FIRST Virtual Showcase Presented by Qualcomm from FIRSTinspires on www.twitch.tv

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FIRST Virtual Showcase

Join us for a gathering of the FIRST community recognizing the achievements of FIRST teams, mentors and volunteers around the world during the FIRST RISE powered by Star Wars: Force for Change season, to date.

To watch the FIRST Virtual Showcase Presented by Qualcomm, tune in to FIRSTtv’s Twitch channel on May 2 at 9am-11am CST: www.twitch.tv/firstinspires

Together, we RISE.

www.twitch.tv/firstinspires

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2021 FIRST Season Teaser

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Important: FIRST COVID-19 Update

It is with deep disappointment that I share an update on the immediate suspension of the current FIRST season and the cancellation of both Championship events. This decision has been made based on guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and state and local health officials, as well as the declaration of states of emergency across many states/countries, the ever-expanding travel restrictions for schools, and in light of developments over the past 24 hours.  The health and safety of our community is our top priority, so we have decided to suspend all season play across all Programs worldwide, effective immediately, including the cancellation of both FIRST Championship events. Please know that FIRST Championship registration fees will be refunded.

This difficult decision was grounded in FIRST’s commitment to put the health and safety of our community above all else. During this challenging time, we have been working closely with our program delivery partners (PDPs) and event organizers around the world to navigate and mitigate the risks to our community due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, many of our events in the United States and around the world have been canceled or postponed, including more than half of all future FIRST Robotics Competition events. We acknowledge and appreciate the thousands of teams, parents, mentors, coaches and volunteers who have poured their hearts and souls into this season, and we share your disappointment.

The mission of FIRST has always been to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, and we continue to be deeply committed to this mission. We know that you will have questions, and we will provide answers in the following days and weeks as we navigate what has been an unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

Larry Cohen, President of FIRST

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Magik 901 Live

Tonight, our FIRST Senior Mentor, Randall Phillips will be featured on Magik 901 Live Show WMQM 1600AM & 93.3FM (The People Station), as they discuss what our FLL Team Members are discovering about Robotics & STEM-based education.

Monday (Today), February 10, 2020 from 7pm to 8pm or Download the “Tune In” App to listen to the Interview on “The Magik 901 Live Show” on WMQM 1600AM or 93.3FM (The People Station) or listen to it HERE.

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How LEGO Is Training The Scientists And Problem Solvers Of The Future

from: Forbes Magazine
by Simon Chandler

First Lego League Regional Competition
A FIRST LEGO League regional round in Frankfurt, Germany. (Photo by Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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Play is serious business. Through play children (and adults) learn how to use their imaginations, to experiment with different ways of doing things. This might seem like it has relevance only for their self-development, but it’s also through imagination and experimentation that the human race as a collective arrives at the solutions to its problems.

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