Team Registration for 2017-18 Season Opened

Did you know that team registration is now opened for the 2017-18 robotics season?

It opened on Thursday, May 11 at 12:00 P.M. ET.

To help you get started, FIRST was streamlined the registration website, and now offer:

  • A simplified dashboard with reminders to keep you on track
  • Improvements to our Coach screening process. Two Youth Protection Plan (YPP) screened Coaches are still required to manage the team roster and begin meeting with youth, but now Coaches and administrators can create teams, pay, and order products while they are completing the screening process.

To register your team log into your account at: https://www.firstinspires.org/

Please email us or call (800) 871-8326, extension 0 with any questions. See you soon for an exciting 2017-2018 season!

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What it takes

Do you want to see what it takes to be a finalist for the Global Innovation Award? Check out this year’s finalists.

The winners will be announced on June 20, 2017 and will be streamed live starting at 4:30 EDT on TWITCH.

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FLL TED Talk

From: TED

A young inventor’s plan to recycle Styrofoam

From packing peanuts to disposable coffee cups, each year the US alone produces some two billion pounds of Styrofoam — none of which can be recycled. Frustrated by this waste of resources and landfill space, Ashton Cofer and his science fair teammates developed a heating treatment to break down used Styrofoam into something useful. Check out their original design, which won both the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award and the Scientific American Innovator Award from Google Science Fair.

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Memphis Public Library offers FREE Summer Camps

FREE Summer Camps at your Memphis Public Libraries…

The Memphis Public Libraries are offering FREE Summer Camps again this year, at various Library branches. Serving more than 250 students ages 10-18, from June 12 through August 3, participants will be learning cutting-edge skills like coding, music production, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)!

Applications accepted, starting April 5, until May 8:
http://www.memphislibrary.org/teen-summer-camps-2017/

(ALL camps are FREE, and include a T-shirt, drawstring backpack, and lunch/snacks)

Thank you for your interest in the AutoZone 2017 Summer STEM Camps!

Thanks to AutoZone and The University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering, STEM Summer Camps will be offered again this year, from 9am-1pm, for boys and girls ages 14-18, at the Memphis Public Libraries, these weeks/locations:

June 12 – 16 @ the Whitehaven Branch (4120 Millbranch Rd.)
June 19 – 23 @ the Cordova Branch (8457 Trinity Rd)
July 10 – 14 @ the Central Branch (3030 Poplar Ave., in CLOUD901)
July 17 – 21 @ the Cordova Branch (8457 Trinity Rd)

The Society for Information Management (SIM) is offering “Tween” Tech Camp this year, held at the Memphis Public Libraries from 9am-4pm, for boys and girls ages 10-12, these weeks/locations:

June 12 – 15 @ the East Shelby Branch (7200 E. Shelby Drive)
July 17 – 22 @ the Central Branch (3030 Poplar Ave., in Room L-56)

These camps will also be offered at the Memphis Public Libraries from 10am-2pm, for boys and girls ages 13-18, at these locations during these weeks:

June 12-15, June 19-22 and June 26-29th -CLOUD901 Robotics Camp (at the Central Library branch; 3030 Poplar Ave., in CLOUD901), thanks to our partner St. Mary’s Episcopal School

June 24-27 and July 31-August 3 – CLOUD901 Coding Camp (at the Central Library branch; 3030 Poplar Ave., in CLOUD901), thanks to our partner Goodwyn Institute

July 10-13 and July 17-20 – CLOUD901 Art Camp (at the Central Library branch; 3030 Poplar Ave., in CLOUD901), thanks to our partner The Goodwyn Institute

June 12-15 and June 19-22 – CLOUD901 Music Summer Camp (at the Central Library branch; 3030 Poplar Ave., in CLOUD901), thanks to our partner Memphis Music Initiative

Check out these photos/videos from last year:

For a more complete list of camps and locations click HERE.

For questions/concerns, please contact:
Teen Services Coordinator Tamika C. Richmond, Ed.D.
tamika.carwell@memphistn.gov or 901-415-2760

All Library programs are FREE.
Donations always accepted, online here!

Thank you for LOVING your
Memphis Public Libraries.
MEMPHIS LIBRARY FOUNDATION | www.memphislibraryfoundation.org | djalfon@memphislibraryfoundation.org

To read more about the Memphis Library Foundation, click here.

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Congratulations Team 30146

On Mar 2, 2017, the Memphis National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Jr Academy Program Team (Team 30146) traveled to the NSBE National Conference in Kansas City, MO to compete in the NSBE FLL Championship and came away with the First Place Research Award! Congratulations Team!

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Put Her FIRST

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Team Post Season Party Idea

The Memphis Zoo is hosting “Nature Connects: Art With Lego Bricks” from March 3 – July 29. Sounds like a great post season party idea to celebrate the Animal Allies FLL Season.

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Lego Education – Secret Mission 2017

From Lego Education

[ed note: Sorry for the late notice but thought you might be interested in a chance to win 2 Lego EV3 core sets]

We hope you all had great tournaments in 2016 and we wish you the best of luck on all events happening over the following months. FIRST® and LEGO® Education would once again like to connect, engage and share with you and your team before we hopefully see many of you at various Championships around the world and at the World Festivals in Houston and St. Louis, USA.

The challenge

Fair play and fun while competing are two very important factors to FIRST and LEGO Education.

As part of this year’s online FIRST LEGO League activities, we would therefore like to see you and your team perform the Animal AlliesSM Biomimicry mission in the most effective/inspiring/engaging way and share it with the Community.

The second part of this year’s online contest is to find and decode the secret message on the new FIRST LEGO League global website – www.firstlegoleague.org. Hint: It isn’t just what we do. It is how we do it.

for full details goto: https://community.education.lego.com/t5/STEM-Competitions/Animal-Allies-The-secret-mission-2017/m-p/15116#M471?platform=hootsuite

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FLL in the Media

MEMPHIS, TN (From: Local Memphis)
Students Compete in Robotics Competition
By Leah Kraus | lkraus@localmemphis.com
Published 02/06 2016 05:28PM
Updated 02/06 2016 05:28PM

Nearly 250 middle schoolers competed today in the First Lego League robotics competition.

The University of Memphis hosted the tournament.

The competition featured teams comprised of 4th through 8th grade students ages 9 to 14. They had to use their robots to complete tasks within a certain time frame. A panel then judged the robots on their design and function.

“We have a program on the computer where we have to build bricks on and then we have to put as much rotations as it needs and try to get it to lift and pick up stuff,” says Blaine Prickette, who competed in the competition.

He says the best part is spending the weekend in Memphis with his friends.

Winners move on to the next round of competition.

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Few last notes

We hope you all enjoyed the West TN FLL Championship!

A few notes from the event:

1 – Results from the event can be found HERE

2 – Pictures and video from the event are posted HERE

3 – We have a number of lost and found items from the event. If any of the items pictured below belongs to you or your team, use the “Contact Us” Form to the right to let us know and we will make arrangements to get it back to the rightful owners.

4 – Coaches will be receiving the project, core and robot judging feedback via email by the end of the week. Watch your email for it.

5 – Make sure your share the 2017-18 TEASER with your teams!

We want to congratulate all the teams and thank all the coaches for their hard work over the season!

We want to thank our sponsors once again for their support:
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Society of Information Management (SIM)
TN Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
University of Memphis
Herff College of Engineering
International Paper

Last, but definitely not least, we would like to thank all the volunteers who made the event possible. A special thanks to members of the following organizations:

For Judges:
TN Society of Professional Engineers
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Indian Community Fund For Greater Memphis

For Referees, general volunteers, Setup and Take down:
Students of the University of Memphis – Engineering Technology Department

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