TVA Grant Closed…Now What?

Missed the TVA Grant, but still want to register a team? We do have a limited sponsorships available. Fill out THIS FORM and select “Need help with Registration”.

We still have robots to lend to teams who cannot afford them and other sponsors willing to step in and buy robots for teams. Fill out THIS FORM so we know you need assistance in obtaining these materials.

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NASA Live Broadcasts

NASA has scheduled a weekly series of live broadcasts, Tuesday at 2:00 PM ET September 18December 11. Teams are invited to join and using Twitter or the chat feature, can talk with various topic experts about difficulties deep-space travel poses for humans as background for their INTO ORBITSM Project. The broadcasts will be recorded for later viewing.

 

 

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Guess what just came!?!

!!!! – FIELD KITS – !!!!

Now we just have to build them!

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Presentation to TVA Retirees

Thank you to Maxine Smith STEAM Academy FLL for presenting to the TVA Retirees luncheon today. As you know, TVA is our biggest sponsor and the team represented all of West TN FLL and did a wonderful job conveying what FLL means to them and what they learned by participating.

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Learn from NASA Experts

NASA experts are hosting online talks about the challenges of human travel to deep space on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm ET through mid-December. Access past recordings and tune in to the live broadcasts here, and click here to see the topic schedule.
Does your team have questions for NASA? Please send them to robotics@nasa.gov. In the subject line of your email, include the topic you are researching.
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Challenge Update

We posted a new Project Challenge Update this week. Find it here and be sure to check the Challenge Updates often.

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One workshop down, one to go

We held the first FLL Workshop at CBU yesterday. 3 full teams showed up and learned about the season, EV3 programming and sensors. Thanks to the teams for coming, thanks to coaches and mentors for taking the time on a Saturday to come out and play with robots, and thanks to CBU faculty and students for hosting and helping out.

Materials from Workshop:

Overview

Motors and Sensors

Color Chart

(Below is the bug fix discussed at the workshop – If you get the “LEGO EV3” splash screen with a white screen behind it and the program locks at this point – try the fix below. It is a known problem with the EV3 software on Win10 Machines)
Fix for EV3 Windows 10 / Silverlight issue

EV3 Program SQUARE using loop (turn not calibrated)

EV3 Program SONAR1 (Stop when object detected 1ft away)

EV3 Program COLOR (Stop when black detected)

Dont forget about the resources under 2018-19 Challenge and Useful Links in the menu at the top of this webpage!

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Want a team but need help?

If you want to start a team, but are worried about the cost:

Keep in mind that TVA will sponsor any team in their service area (including all of West TN), but time is running out on this grant. See THIS LINK for more info.

Also, we do have robots to lend to teams who cannot afford them and other sponsors willing to step in and buy robots for teams. Fill out THIS FORM so we know you need assistance in obtaining these materials.

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FLL Workshops

[Please note the LOCATION HAS CHANGE since the initial post!]

We are pleased to announce two FLL workshops to be held at CBU in Buckman Hall 2nd floor (BU 217, 218, 222, 223) From 9am to Noon on the following dates:

Sep 15th

Oct 20th

Please sign up HERE.

These workshops are opened to Coaches, Mentors and Students (only one person representing the team need RSVP). Topics will vary depending upon RSVP survey.

Please note that you will need to hit “next” on the bottom of the 1st page on the survey before seeing the Oct 20th session.

Update: According to Dedric McGhee (STEM Manager SCS), SCS teachers will earn professional development hours for attending.

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TVA Grant – Time Running Out!

Time is running out if you wish to apply for the TVA Grant (click here for details). FIRST HQ just informed us “there is a very small amount of TVA funds available after the submissions received thus far. We may be closing grant submissions earlier than anticipated.”

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