With FLL Team Registration opening shortly here are a few things to note:
1) Unlike previous years, the Challenge Set (AKA Field Setup Kit) and registration will be bundled together. This means you will not have to purchase your Challenge Set separately. What we are still waiting for word on, is “Can you opt out?” (if you have more than one team, but you only need one field for practice for example).
2) We are still awaiting the word on the the TVA Grant. We know that it is still on for this year, but there are a questions since the Challenge Set is bundled with the registration. Last year if you recall, TVA paid the registration, but did not cover the Challenge Set.
Stay tuned for an announcement on this….but in the meantime, when registration openeds, register your team, but DO NOT PAY! In the past, teams could not take advantage of the TVA grant if they had already paid the registration fee.
For those new to FLL in West TN or are reading about the TVA Grant for the first time, please read last year’s eligibility requirements HERE (keeping in mind that this might change a bit this year).
Our sponsor, SIM (The Society of Information Management), asked for demonstrations of Robotics (FIRST & Vex), Drones, and other STEM related activities in Memphis and Shelby County.
The following STEM Programs were represented:
White Station HS FRC Team #5045 (SpartaBot), Memphis Business Academy Schools (VEX), Memphis Main Library and Cloud901 including FRC Team #4764 (Memphis MechWarriors), FLL West TN Partners of UoM, The STEMulators FLL Team #17013, and a few others. A special thanks to Charles Woods for showing his team’s EV3 Robot. Plus, we want to thank SIM for their continued support for FIRST LEGO League.
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Did you know this week is National Robotics Week (April 7-15)? I almost missed it!
What is National Robotics Week:
National Robotics Week (RoboWeek) is a series of grassroots events and activities during the month of April aimed at increasing public awareness of the strength and importance of the U.S. robotics industry and of the tremendous social and cultural impact that robotics will have on the future. Activities come in all shapes and sizes from a robot block party, university open house, or a robotics competition. The mission of RoboWeek is simple — to inspire students in STEM-related fields and to share the excitement of robotics with audiences of all ages. Celebrate RoboWeek by hosting an event in your community, sponsoring or attending a local event, or spreading the word on social media.
The Purpose of National Robotics Week
Celebrate the U.S. as a leader in robotics technology development
Educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future
Advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development
Inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields