Qualifier Registration – Closed

Registration for the qualifier events is now closed. If your team did not sign up for a qualifier, please contact us (using the form to the right) if you still wish to participate. Clarksville teams will be assigned to that qualifier, all others will be assigned to the latest qualifier NOT filled in order of email received.

Please include in your email:

Coaches names and emails x 2
How many members of your team will attend
How Many coaches will attend
How many guests (siblings, parents etc)

Please note, you should have received an email with the subject “New Booking” when you signed up. That indicates your slot has been reserved. You will not receive a confirmation email (Subject: “Booking Confirmed”) until the regional activity fee has been received.

Two ways we can accept payment:

To pay by check, make the checks out to:

Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers
Include in the category or memo “FLL Team ####”

Please email memphisfirstteams@gmail.com and, within the email, please include the check # and team number(s) for which the payment was made

and mail the check to:

Attn: Frank Niedzwiedz
615 Oakleaf Office Ln
Memphis, TN 38117

To pay by credit card, please use the Paypal button below:

When the transaction is complete, please send a copy of the receipt to memphisfirstteams@gmail.com and, within the email, please include the team number(s) for which the payment was made.

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Collierville Qualifier Held

Last weekend was the first FLL West TN Qualifier, held at Collierville HS. Before the results, we want to thank Collierville HS for hosting the event, all the wonderful volunteers that helped us out with setup, judging, reffing and takedown.

Coaches should have received an email with there score sheets and feedback (if you didn’t please let us know via the “Contact Us” form to the right).

Congratulations to

9006 Dragons 3 Champions Award
9008 Dragons 5 Project Award
9003 Dragons 1 Core Values Award
9004 Dragons 2 Robot Design Award
9007 Dragons 4 Robot Performance Award
Judges Award

All of the above advanced to the West TN FLL Championship.

Pictures from the event can be found HERE

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Shark Tank


A question came up at the scrimmages having to do with the shark tank. It is unclear how the shark is to be placed in the tank at the start of the match. I have asked HQ about this and they said the shark needs to be placed loosely in the tank. They went on to say:

Defining “loosely,” placed objects/models is tough, so we rely on gravity to be the judge instead of people. Gravity is constant and so, If the weight of the Shark causes the two to separate when held upside down, then this would pass under our current ruling for loosely placed objects/models. If the model were to stay together in this orientation, then the model would not be considered loose and would fail.

So that means the following placements of the shark are allowed:


and the following is NOT ALLOWED:


Quick test, if the shark tank can be turned upside down, it is legal.

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Zoo Scrimmage Held


This past Saturday (Nov 5), a scrimmage was held at the Memphis Zoo. 7 FLL Teams participated in this event. Team 4890 – Cardinals Red got the high score of the day – Congratulations Team!

Zoo personal were on hand to talk to the teams about their project and discuss interactions between people and animals.

Thanks to the wonderful Animal Allies at the Memphis Zoo for their help and hosting this FANTASTIC event.

More Pictures available HERE

Looking for something special for your team’s end of season celebration? The Memphis Zoo will be hosting Lego Artist Sean Kenney’s “Nature Connects” exhibit from March 3 to July 9, 2017. What a great way to end the Animal Allies Season! (watch this website for more info)

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Challenge Update – Wrong Link

Please note that the Challenge Update link on the “2016-17 Challenge” page (link above) was incorrect and was only the first update (right after the release). It has now been corrected to point to the full document that includes all updates since the game release. (Direct Link)

A note on the Aug 30 Project Update 3 and West TN Events – As stated previously “Unfortunately, other than service animals, our venues will not permit live animals on their premises.” Please keep this in mind.

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Paypal Link

The link to pay the regional activity fee via paypal has been fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Scrimmages Held

Over the past two days, two scrimmages were held for the Animal Allies Season.

The first was at the University of Memphis, Herff College Open House (aka E-Day) on Friday Oct 21. Thanks to all the teams that came out and participated. Our top scoring team was TEAM #17013 – The STEMulators….Congratulations!

More pictures from E-Day can be found on the UofM Flickr Page.

Also many students were introduced to FLL during the day when they came though to see the scrimmage.

The second scrimmage was held at St Louis Elementary School on Sat Oct 22. Here the top team was TEAM 4890 – Cardinals Red….good job!

Thanks to St Louis for hosting the event.

Hope to see you all at the zoo for the next scrimmage on Nov 5th.

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MLGW Event

On Oct 4, MLGW along with TVA hosted a FIRST Robotics Exhibit During their Public Power Week. Here is what they put in their MLGW News Release:

Memphis Light, Gas and Water’s Junior Engineer/Professional Engineer program (JEPE) and the Tennessee Valley Authority are hosting a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics exhibit. FIRST participation encourages students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields and inspires them to become leaders and innovators. These students are likely to be one of our nation’s future Public Power professionals.

Each year during the first week of October, MLGW celebrates Public Power, electricity that comes from a community-owned and -operated utility which provides reliable and safe not-for-profit electricity at a reasonable price while protecting the environment. There are more than 2,000 public power utilities across the nation powering 48 million people. We invite you to join us to see teams demonstrate their LEGO and robotic creations. MLGW’s brand new “Terminator” bucket truck will also be on exhibit. The bucket truck is wrapped with safety messages in a comic book style format.

Students will comprise teams from seven schools who will showcase their robotic and LEGO creations. Representatives from MLGW, TVA and team sponsors will be in attendance.

The event was covered by WREG:

More pics from the event are available HERE

Thanks to the teams that came out to demo!

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Event Registration – NOW OPENED

CLICK HERE for event information and to register.

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Sorry but…..

We have been asked by teams if animals will be permitted at the events. Unfortunately, other than service animals, our venues will not permit live animals on their premises.


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