We hope you saw the exciting news that LEGO® Education has just announced their newest STEAM learning solution – SPIKE™ Prime. You can see more information about SPIKE Prime on their social media channels and website.
The SPIKE Prime kits will be shipping July or Aug 2019.
SPIKE Prime will be approved for use in FIRST® LEGO® League starting in August 2019, and will participate alongside Mindstorms EV3, NXT, and RCX.
It does NOT mean that you have to buy new robots, it just means that teams can use them if they wish. Really when was the last time you saw an RCX robot at an FLL event (do you even know what that is)?
Check out the fact sheet HERE.
[editor note: I was on a conference call with LEGO on 4/3 and was told that SPIKE does NOT replace the EV3. Both products will continue to be supported by LEGO]
Thanks to our wonderful photographer, Melissa Dollar, for all the wonderful pics from the event. To see all the photos, follow THIS LINK. But here are just a few highlights:
Now that the season is officially over, we have a number of FLL “Into Orbit” fields kits that we would like to give away. Please use the “Contact Us” form to let us know you are interested in receiving one.
Please note that those interested in forming NEW teams within the West TN Region next year will have priority (so make sure to include that in the submission if that is the case).
Hope you enjoyed “Into Orbit” this past year……here is the teaser video for next year’s season…….
Coaches, you should have received an email with links to the judges rubrics for the West TN Championship.
If you have not received the email, please check your SPAM folder and verify they did not end up there before contacting us. It it still isn’t there, please use the “Contact Us” form (to the right) to let us know. Include the team number and please verify your email address.
See you next year!
We have two articles of clothing that were found at the end of the tournament. Use the “Contact Us” to claim. Please include a description of the missing item.
From: WREG News Channel 3
Posted Jan 27, 2019
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Students from Memphis and Shelby County competed in the West Tennessee FIRST LEGO League 2019 championship.
Each year, teams are tasked with researching a real-world problem and developing a solution. Teams design, build and program robots using LEGO bricks, and then compete in the Robot Game. Teams also design their own costumes and display boards.
The competition was held Saturday at the University of Memphis under the direction of Dan Kohn, associate professor of engineering at the University of Memphis, and Frank Niedzwiedz, president of R & N Systems Design, a Memphis-based engineering company.
Out of the 46 teams that competed, 38 of them were from Memphis, Collierville, Germantown, Bartlett, Cordova and Arlington. The teams were made up of five to 10 students who were between the ages of 9 and 14.
This year’s challenge was “Into Orbit,” and teams had to complete tasks related to going into space.
The competition included programming a robot to complete certain tasks with a 2-and-a-half minute window, explaining FIRST LEGO League’s core values to the judges and performing a project presentation to a second set of judges. Around 350 students and 150 parents and teachers attended.
On Saturday, Jan 26, 2019, the West TN FLL Championship was held at the University of Memphis. Teams from across West TN competed in four qualifiers to earn the right to compete in the Championship.
We would like to thank our Qualifier Hosts:
We would also like to thank the Coaches for all the time and effort they put into their teams!
We would also like to thank our sponsors for their support for West TN FLL!
Lastly, we would like to thank all the volunteers that help out in the planing and execution of all our West TN FLL Events!
Here is a list of the awards from the event:
|3rd||4570||Hawkbotics – Gold||Clarksville,TN|
|Robot Performance Award|
|Robot Design Mechanical|
|2nd||33337||Idlewild Eagles Robotics||Memphis,TN|
|Robot Programming Award|
|2nd||4568||Hawkbotics – Red||Clarksville,TN|
|Robot Stategy & Inovation Award|
|Project Research Award|
|1st||40186||AES Space Kiddets||Arlington,TN|
|Project Inovative Solution|
|2nd||33331||Robo-Wildcats “Kings and Queens of Bots”||Arlington,TN|
|Project Presentation Award|
|2nd||39314||Schilling STEM Stallions||Collierville,TN|
|Core Values Inspiration Award|
|Core Values Teamwork Award|
|Core Values Gracious Professionalism Award|
|2nd||24218||Cordova Cougar Cubs Red||Cordova,TN|
A description of awards can be found HERE.
|Rank||Team #||Team Name||Best Score||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3|
|3rd||39174||The Mighty STEM Girls||151||120||151||62|
|5th||42579||ECS LEGO my Eggo||114||32||87||114|
|8th||36889||Bot Builders #2||105||98||64||105|
|10th||32078||Robo-Wildcats "Alien Acrobats"||100||9||100||81|
|11th||4570||Hawkbotics – Gold||96||75||80||96|
|12th||32670||Rohirrim in Training||94||42||32||94|
|14th||41302||Saint Dominic Suns||89||89||70||73|
|19th||7537||St. Francis Blue||72||12||48||72|
|20th||33331||Robo-Wildcats "Kings and Queens of Bots"||71||12||31||71|
|22nd||24218||Cordova Cougar Cubs Red||64||60||64||10|
|23rd||41919||Presbyterian Day School 3||62||62||29||49|
|26th||4568||Hawkbotics – Red||58||22||58||10|
|27th||35168||Presbyterian Day School 2||57||22||57||57|
|30th||41335||Saint Agnes Stars||55||45||55||51|
|31st||40186||AES Space Kiddets||52||43||26||52|
|35th||33337||Idlewild Eagles Robotics||48||35||37||48|
|36th||32300||Havenview Middle – Black Paws||47||46||9||47|
|38th||39739||CA COUGAR CUBS||40||40||21||34|
|39th||27514||Hawkbotics – Black||36||36||10||32|
|41st||27078||Presbyterian Day School 1||35||35||17||35|
|46th||32301||Havenview Middle – Golden Paws||18||15||7||18|
|47th||39314||Schilling STEM Stallions||15||15||7||0|
Pictures and video will be posted shortly (watch this site for updates).
Coaches will be emailed the judging rubrics for their teams(s) shortly (an announcement will be posted when we send out the results).
Thank you all for participating and we hope to see you all for the 2019-20 season.