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Workshops Held

On Aug 27 and again on Sep 10, Christian Brothers University hosted workshops for FLL Teams, Coaches and Mentors. Three sessions were held at each workshop. For rookies, there were two sessions, one introducing FLL while playing the “The Game of FLL” (A board game created by the LegoNaughts Team #6489 for the World Class FLL Season), the second session was on basic EV3 programming. The 3rd session was for advance programmers and concentrated on using sensors.


More Pictures: Aug-16 and Sep-10

The West TN FLL Partners would like to thank:

Christian Brothers University for hosting the event. With a special thanks to the students who attended and also to Dr John Ventura for arranging the event and hosting.

Chris Nielsen and Frank Niedzwiedz of RN Systems Design for the beginner programming workshop.

Tom Banning of the University of Memphis for the session on intro to FLL.

Daniel Kohn of the University of Memphis for the advanced programming / sensors session.

And lastly, thank you to all of you who gave up their Saturday to attend the workshops….especially the coaches!

Below are the instructor files from the Advanced Class:

Handouts:
Sensor Handout
Color Chart

Code:
Display Color Sensor on LCD
Use Color Sensor to stop on Green
Display Sonar Distance on LCD
Robot Stops 6in from wall (using Sonar)
Robot goes to green line, turns 90 deg then goes until within 6in of wall
Display Gyro on LCD

Note: code assumes color sensor in port 4, sonar in port 3, gyro in port 1.

Other websites:
Turn and Distance calculation spreadsheet/worksheet
Basic EV3 Robot build instructions
Basic NXT build instructions
Tutorials on how to program EV3 and NXT

Notes:
We also discovered that if you plug the gyro sensor in when the robot is turned on, it might start counting instead of reading the current angle. If this occurs, turn off the robot and turn it back on. The gyro sensor does not like being plugged in with the power on.

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World Festival

If you keep up with FIRST, you probably already know that this year they are having TWO world Festivals, one in Houston, TX and one in St Louis, MO. Now that their are two World Festivals for FIRST, they have more room for more teams to attend. So this year every FLL Championship, including ours, will have an invitation to a World Festival, no more lottery….so in other words: Our Champions Award Winner will earn the write to attend the World Festival in Houston, TX.

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ANIMAL ALLIES Challenge, Updates, & Resources

2016 ANIMAL ALLIES Global Challenge

Season Overview

The Project

Robot Game

FIRST “Be Great”

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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

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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!

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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:
http://www.memphis.edu/herff/eday.php

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2016 Girls Experiencing Engineering Camp Offered

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

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Summer Robotic Camps

DRAGON ROBOTICS PRESENTS

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[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

OR

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
competitions.

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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