LEGO Education SPIKE Prime will start shipping on January 9, 2020, and will be allowed for use in FIRST LEGO League from that date forward.
Obviously that is probably too late for the City Shaper Season (at least in West TN), but we wanted you to know.
Note that the EV3 will still be supported by Lego and that the SPIKE is NOT a replacement so you do NOT have to run out and get new robots for the 2020-21 season. Yes there are a few advantages to the SPIKE (built in gyro, better cable management) but there are also a few disadvantages (no LCD display – only multi color LED’s).
award-winning LCats FLL team invites FLL teams to view their YouTube
videos on EV3 programming and design. Through the videos they share
their successful EV3 programs such as line following, PID control,
turning, and Master program, along with their use of jigs, frame, and
Coach Webinar Join FIRST on Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00 PM CT for a webinar for coaches to share ideas and tips to help prepare for their CITY SHAPERSM events. The webinar will be geared toward new coaches, but all are welcome! Details to join the meeting here.
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.
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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!
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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Sign up to attend a workshop at CBU. There will be three simultaneous sessions.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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