Challenge Updates


Just a reminder that teams should be reading the Challenge Updates. These contain important information and clarification about the Robot Game, Project and other aspects of the Into Orbit season.

Make sure you are up to date on reading the changes!

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Robot Demo at MLGW

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2018 Greater Imani Church Scrimmage

Greater Imani Church FLL Robotics Scrimmage 2018
Greater Imani Church, The Cathedral of Faith
3824 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, TN 38128

Date(s) – 10/27/2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Greater Imani Church Fellowship Hall – Lower Level

FLL Coach Phillips, MCP

The STEMulators FLL Team #17013

Cost of the event will be Free per person with plenty of parking.  Adult(s) must accompany child(ren) during this event.

Teams are encouraged to bring their pit displays as well as their robots along with water, drinks, snacks/food.

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CBU October Workshop 2 for Into Orbit – Engineering Design Process (EDP)

Thank you all for coming to this workshop. I hope that this document will help you to manage the season. Good Luck! Lien

Into Orbit Coaching Document

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TVA Fosters Next Generation of STEM Experts


A recent TVA/MLGW Student Robotics Showcase in Memphis gave young STEM robotics experts a chance to shine.

TVA’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program is supporting kids who build robots. The recent MLGW/TVA Student Robotics Showcase was a chance for featured students to tout their talents and creative ingenuity at the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division—the region’s largest utility.

The event created a hands-on math and science experience that highlighted the universal career fundamentals of teamwork, critical thinking, presentation skills and technical writing. Traditionally, these types of learning opportunities for youth in robotics technology have been limited to only theoretical application.

TVA’s Mark Creech learns from a student at the MLGW/TVA Student Robotics Showcase. “TVA is proud to partner with MLGW for such an awesome event benefiting Memphis youth, who are the workforce of tomorrow,” he said.

The Robotics Showcase, however, gave robotic program participants like computer coder Andrew Rutledge the mechanical and technical experience most often reserved for college or expensive career training programs. Rutledge is a senior at White Station High School in Memphis, Tennessee, and plans to pursue a career as a micro-mechanical engineer.

“A lot of people don’t go into mechanical engineering with technical experience. They just know they like math or science,” Rutledge said. “Being able to actually go into a job and have some type of technical background is really valuable. I think this program is really going to help me in the long run.”

Robotics expert Charles Spencer of Tennessee Valley Robotics agrees. He believes events like the Robotics Showcase are bridge builders to a brighter future for all young students.

“What’s become important in education today is the hands-on part of learning, and robotics programs allow students to put together code and learn through trial and error,” Spencer said. “These programs instill an excitement in education, promote teamwork and teach children to express themselves. They’re just great learning experiences for any school.”

Robot mom, Lien Nguyen agrees. “My sons absolutely love it,” she said. “My youngest son actually gives his teammates [robotics] homework over the weekend!”

TVA’s partnership with MLGW is just one example of how STEM is creating an exciting learning environment for students that ultimately fosters the skills required for success in the ever-changing tech world.

“This is an exciting time for education in West Tennessee. For companies like TVA and MLGW, this is where their future employees will come from,” Spencer said. “The more we can get behind the next generation, the better off we’ll be.”

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FLL October Newsletter

October Newsletter

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Next steps for registering for events….

Regional Activity Fee Invoices have been sent to every team that has paid their team registration to FIRST.  Check your inbox for an email from
Qualifier Registration Check list:
  1. Pay FIRST registration fees
  2. Both coaches successfully pass YPP screening
  3. Both coaches electronically sign releases
  4. Pay Regional Activity Fee (check for invoice in email)
  5. Complete the above steps by October 15th to pick the qualifier you wish to attend.
  6. Upon competition an email will be sent to the coaches with instructions to register for a qualifier.
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NASA Live Broadcasts

NASA has scheduled a weekly series of live broadcasts, Tuesday at 2:00 PM ET September 18December 11. Teams are invited to join and using Twitter or the chat feature, can talk with various topic experts about difficulties deep-space travel poses for humans as background for their INTO ORBITSM Project. The broadcasts will be recorded for later viewing.



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Guess what just came!?!

!!!! – FIELD KITS – !!!!

Now we just have to build them!

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Presentation to TVA Retirees

Thank you to Maxine Smith STEAM Academy FLL for presenting to the TVA Retirees luncheon today. As you know, TVA is our biggest sponsor and the team represented all of West TN FLL and did a wonderful job conveying what FLL means to them and what they learned by participating.

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