CBU Qualifier – Change of Dates

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the CBU Qualifier is changing from Jan 6, 2018 to Dec 16, 2017. Coaches of effected teams will be receiving an email notification along with instructions of how to changed their qualifier registration (if needed).

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Shelby County School Vendor

IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has been assigned vendor 924543 in the Shelby County School Vendor system.

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U of M Lambuth workshop

There will be a workshop at University of Memphis, Lambuth Campus on Saturday October 28, 2017 from 9 am to noon. Space is limited and registration is required. There is no fee to attend. Parents or coaches must remain with students. Sign up at

Register here

Exact location will be sent when your registration is accepted. Please register by October 26. List the number of coaches and students attending, not the number on each team.

This is open to anyone interested in FLL Robotics.  Current teams will be given preference.

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A Big Thank You to MLGW/TVA for Robot Showcase Event

We are so grateful for the TVA’s Charlie Spencer and the MLGW’s Board of Directors (Jerry Collins, Lynn Dabney, Ron Walters, and Alonzo Weaver) for inviting us to this great event.

Thanks to the FIRST teams that came out including:

FLL – Havenview Middle School and St. Francis of Assisi (SFA)
FRC – White Station High School (Teams 5045) and MechWarriors / Cloud901 (Team 6815)

And a big thanks to Lien Nguyen and Frank Niedzwiedz for helping out.

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MLGW / TVA Student Robotics Showcase

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Regional Event Registration Now Opened

Registration for Qualifiers and Scrimmages is now opened to all team. Please click here to register for events.

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EV3 Kits Available

Thanks to TVA, the West TN STEM HUB Lending Library now has EV3 kits available for FLL Teams.

If you can’t start a team because you don’t have the budget for an EV3 or your team is in need of a 2nd robot to help the season go better and you can’t afford one, here is your chance.

To apply to borrow a kit:

  1. Use the “Contact Us Form to the right. Please use the subject line “EV3 Kit Request”
  2. Please give us details of why your team needs to be lent a kit for the 2017-18 FLL season
  3. Include your team #, team name, coaches name and their email

Since the season is already in full swing…..1st round of request is due by Oct 6, 2017. If we got more request than we have kits to lend, they will be lent out based on need (ie teams registered by unable to buy a robot will have the highest priority).

The kits will need to be picked up from the STEM Lending Library and returned at the end of the season in good condition with all the major parts (we expect a few bits and pieces to go missing with use, but EV3 brick, sensors, cables will need to be replaced, at the teams expense, if lost).

Thanks once again to TVA for supplying these robots for West TN FLL Teams!

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Youth Registration Officially Opens to Teams

Update:

Need help registering your team…..see this HELP DOCUMENT that will answer questions for coaches, parents and youth.


From: FIRST HQ

As many of you are already aware, Youth Registration (previously known as STIMS) soft launched on Monday, 9/25 and we successfully have approximately 1000 youth registered to date. We will be notifying all teams through their weekly email blasts that the system is now officially opened and wanted to give you a summary of the new functionality.

What is new?

Once logged in, parents and youth will have a dashboard that provides the status of registration and a calendar of events the team has signed up for (Although West TN FLL will NOT be using the FIRST registration system – more on this soon). Links to apply to awards for FIRST Robotics Competition are also available on the dashboard under the My Teams section.

The registration process has been simplified and uses a wizard much like team registration to move through the profile information, application to the team and signing the consent and release form.

Youth over 13 can complete the registration process up to the consent and release form. At that time they are prompted to invite their parents to complete the form. Parents have a simpler version of registration and once linked to their child, only need to sign the form.

Coaches who invite youth over age 13 (only) to the team no longer need to accept the team member on the team as that is automatic. They can still decline the team member at any point in time if needed (as well as accept those who are registered by their parent/guardian).

The functionality of the team roster hasn’t changed (e.g., provides the status of the consent and release forms, re-invite parents, accept/decline youth)

A team with two screened Coaches will have the ability to print paper copies of the consent and release forms (Spanish or English) for parents without access to the internet.

Our goal is for the registration process to be simpler and user friendly for parents and youth. Over time we plan to enhance the system for added functionality and ease of use.

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FLL Workshop Handout

Thank you so very much for those of you who had taken the time out of your busy schedule to come to this past Saturday’s workshop.  Hope that the information provided is of help to you for this season.

Powerpoint from Workshop

 

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Parking for 9-16 FLL workshop

If you are attending the FLL Workshop at CBU on 9/16/2017 9:00 am, you will need a parking pass. Please request by email to frankn@rnsystemsdesign.com

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