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


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


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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Per original Update RG02, the correct way to build the Drone is shown below, and now the Building Instructions have been revised to show this. The correct way to place the Drone on the Mat is on its square mark, with the Loop parallel over its line marks (the open Loop faces the Launch Area).

If you have downloaded the physical Build Instructions to your website or have saved them in any location prior to this update, please delete the previous version and replace them with the new version (dated August 19, 2019).

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News from the 2019 LEGOLAND Invitational

Over the summer, Team E3 Strike from the West TN FLL Region won the 1st place Inspiration Award at the LEGOLAND Invitational in Carlsbad, CA….Congratulations Team!

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Starting a robot club workshop.

Please join West Tennessee FIRST LEGO League at CBU on Saturday August 24th at 9:00 at CBU for “How to start a Robot Club.” A door prize of two refurbished NXT robot kits and a mat will be given away to one lucky attendee. Space is limited and registration is required. Register here.  An email with further directions will be sent to confirm your seat.

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Team updates

Don’t forget to check the team updates for rule changes and clarifications.

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