Is Your Team On Our List?

The list of teams registered with FIRST can now be found HERE and on the menu bar under “West TN Teams”.

Please check to see that your team is listed. If it is not, and you received the TVA or TVR grant, you probably need to log back into your TEAM’S FIRST DASHBOARD and look under “Team Fiances”. If you see Payment/Product (Receipt) row does not equal the Team Shopping Cart Row, then you have not applied the grant to the teams bill.

Teams will not show up on the team list UNTIL FIRST has received payment!

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Workshop Held

Today (Sep 21, 2019), a workshop was held at CBU for the City Shaper Season. Special thanks to CBU (for hosting the workshop), CBU IEEE Student Branch and to the presenters.

As promised, here are the links to the workshop materials:

Presentation
Table Overview
Workshop NXT-G Code
Speak Color NXT-G Code (for testing color sensor)

Linetrack (Advance Class)

We also referred to the STEP FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEASON and also encourage you to check out the FLL USEFUL LINKS section of this website for tutorials.

If you are interested in coming to the Engineering Open House (E-Day) and participating in the Scrimmage during that event…see THIS LINK for more information.

We also took pictures of the event….they can be found HERE.

Thank you to all the teams, coaches and mentors for coming out today and participating…..have a GREAT City Shaper Season!

PS we do have one lost and found item (an almost empty white bin with two wheels inside). If it belongs to you please contact us and we will make arrangements for you to pick it up.

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Chance to talk to experts!

Saint Agnes Academy / Saint Dominic School FLL Teams have arrange a web conference with Roger Ekstrom, who is in Planning and Development, and Nicholas Oyler, who is the city Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager for the City of Memphis.

They are going to talk about what they do for the city and will give time for questions afterwards.

They are inviting other West TN FLL Teams to participate. The meeting will be on September 19th from 3:30-4:30. Please register HERE for the event. After registering, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the online meeting.

Sponsored by:

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Mac users and the EV3 – URGENT

The current version of the EV3 Lab software is not compatible with the upcoming update to macOS, called Catalina. LEGO is therefore introducing a brand-new EV3 app in November 2019, called LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Classroom. Based on the SPIKE™ app, EV3 Classroom will feature a coding language based on Scratch that LEGO is confident will unleash the full potential of EV3 in the FIRST LEGO League program. The first release of EV3 Classroom will be in US English, followed by the other 15 EV3 languages in spring 2020.

To continue to enjoy an uninterrupted EV3 experience and to avoid losing your programs, LEGO strongly recommend that you do not update to Catalina until the end of the FIRST LEGO League season in July 2020. If you have already updated to the new OS, please contact Technical Consumer Service at education.LEGO.com/en-us/support to discuss how we can help you during this transition period.

For further questions and support, we encourage you to reach out to LEGO Technical Consumer Service using the link above.

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FLL Workshop September 21, 2019

Sign up to attend a workshop at CBU. There will be three simultaneous sessions.

  1. FLL Sensors Lab by Professor Kohn. Learn how to program each sensor in the EV3 system. Program button press, light sensor, etc. We will cover as many sensors as time allows.
  2. FLL Line following and advanced actions by Frank Niedzwiedz. Typically, a motor is programmed for one action each run. What if you could use math and science to get one motor to do three actions? You could save travel time and increase your score!
  3. JrFLL by Randal Phillips. Jr FLL is new to Memphis. The official partner is the Children’s Museum of Memphis. Come and learn all about this exciting program for Kindergarten through Second grade. Learn how to form a team.

For questions, email frankn@rnsystemsdesign.com.

Registration is limited and First Come – First served. A confirmation email will be sent to you to confirm you spot by the 20th. Register at

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfr77UZPbELfXl-YCsII8Chh5CBZE-9un2y6Fep6CVN4gU9Cg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Link to Class Power Points https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WBBxLh4Hv6Vbiq3EogiLgCcK8UT-JdmX

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TVR Grant Opened

It was just announced that the Tennessee Valley Robotics Grant is now opened. There is a limit to the number of grants that will be available, so apply quickly. To apply for the grant CLICK HERE.

UPDATE: Grant application window ends SEP 12, 2019!

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Crane Mission Solution

Did you read the Team Blast from 8/23/19? In it it had the link to the document for the Crane Mission Solution. The answer can be found in THIS DOC. Robot build can be found HERE and you can download the EV3-G code here.

Full City Shaper Resources can be found HERE

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Good News – New Grant Pending

We have been informed that TN Valley Robotics will picking up where TVA left off. It will take a little while for the grant to be set up, but keep checking the GRANTS PAGE to see if it is available. You must be in the TVA/TVR area (shown in the logo below) to apply.

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TVA Grant – Update [Grant CLOSED]

We were just informed by FIRST HQ that the TVA grant is now closed for FLL Teams. We have exceeded the 200 FLL teams TVA agreed to sponsor.

FIRST HQ is looking into additional funding for teams and if we hear anything, we will post it as quick as we can so you can apply.

With most school systems starting in the last week or two, and registration rolling in to HQ, they were unable to give us a heads up that the grant was running out. SORRY…..

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Noted Discrepancies

From FIRST HQ:

Dear US/Canada teams, 

As you probably have noticed, there are some discrepancies between the Team Meeting Guides and Engineering Notebooks you received with your Challenge materials or will receive shortly. This is an unfortunate error in our printing process, and we apologize for the confusion. We do have a solution that we believe makes it as easy as possible for you to move ahead with your team and make the most of the new guided program materials:   

  • The Team Meeting Guides contain the specifics needed to score in a competitive event. 
  • The Engineering Notebook is missing some Robot Game specifics and additional EV3 guidance.   
  • You can find the scoring specifics of the Robot Game in the Game Guide here 
  • As always, continue to check for the latest Robot Game updates here.  
  • Additional recommended EV3 guidance can be found here 

If you have questions, please reach out to firstlegoleague@firstinspires.org.  We want to ensure that every team has an excellent experience this season. 

Again, we apologize for this mistake. It just goes to show that the problem-solving skills the kids are developing come in handy in the workplace. 

With high fives and admiration, 

FIRST®LEGO® League  

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