FLL Registration – A Few Notes

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).

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Registration

Do you want to be notified when registration opens? Click here….

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More Videos of the Into Orbit Field

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Into Orbit Teaser Video

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Innovation Solution Award – 3rd Place – Epic Team 10170

A big congratulations to this wonderful team for winning at the World Festival!

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EpicTeam Interview at Houston World Championship

Our West TN FLL Champion was interviewed on the FIRST Broadcast from Houston. See it below:

Watch 4/18-4/21 – FIRST Championship – Live from Houston, TX from FIRSTinspires on www.twitch.tv

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Society of Information Management

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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Hu? Where is the sneak peak

Took me a while to find where they were putting the video….it seems they decided to put it on FACEBOOK so go HERE to watch it.

here is a video shot by the TechnoMonkeys:

Also check out THIS ARTICLE at Engadget

And a good shot for all the FLL Jr’s out there for Mission Moon

And one from USAMATECH

And here is a screen grab of the field:

An interview with NASA Astronaut and member of the FLL Design Team for Into Orbit, Andreas Mogensen

Watch 4/18-4/21 – FIRST Championship – Live from Houston, TX from FIRSTinspires on www.twitch.tv

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Summer Camps

Looking for summer camps. Here are some you might be interested in:

CodeCrew has a number of programming and robotics summer camps at various times and locations for grades 1-12. See there website: https://www.code-crew.org/events/ for more information.

Programs include coding, robotics, mobile app development and more….

The library and Cloud 901 have a number of summer camps for students ages 9-18. See http://www.memphislibrary.org/summer-camps/ for more information.

Programs include Robotics (including Lego Mindstorms), STEM, Art, and Music.

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Oh My….Almost missed National Robotics Week!

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

Is your team doing an event this week….LIST IT HERE!

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