Regional Event Registration Now Opened

Registration for Qualifiers and Scrimmages is now opened to all team. Please click here to register for events.

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EV3 Kits Available

Thanks to TVA, the West TN STEM HUB Lending Library now has EV3 kits available for FLL Teams.

If you can’t start a team because you don’t have the budget for an EV3 or your team is in need of a 2nd robot to help the season go better and you can’t afford one, here is your chance.

To apply to borrow a kit:

  1. Use the “Contact Us Form to the right. Please use the subject line “EV3 Kit Request”
  2. Please give us details of why your team needs to be lent a kit for the 2017-18 FLL season
  3. Include your team #, team name, coaches name and their email

Since the season is already in full swing…..1st round of request is due by Oct 6, 2017. If we got more request than we have kits to lend, they will be lent out based on need (ie teams registered by unable to buy a robot will have the highest priority).

The kits will need to be picked up from the STEM Lending Library and returned at the end of the season in good condition with all the major parts (we expect a few bits and pieces to go missing with use, but EV3 brick, sensors, cables will need to be replaced, at the teams expense, if lost).

Thanks once again to TVA for supplying these robots for West TN FLL Teams!

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Youth Registration Officially Opens to Teams

Update:

Need help registering your team…..see this HELP DOCUMENT that will answer questions for coaches, parents and youth.


From: FIRST HQ

As many of you are already aware, Youth Registration (previously known as STIMS) soft launched on Monday, 9/25 and we successfully have approximately 1000 youth registered to date. We will be notifying all teams through their weekly email blasts that the system is now officially opened and wanted to give you a summary of the new functionality.

What is new?

Once logged in, parents and youth will have a dashboard that provides the status of registration and a calendar of events the team has signed up for (Although West TN FLL will NOT be using the FIRST registration system – more on this soon). Links to apply to awards for FIRST Robotics Competition are also available on the dashboard under the My Teams section.

The registration process has been simplified and uses a wizard much like team registration to move through the profile information, application to the team and signing the consent and release form.

Youth over 13 can complete the registration process up to the consent and release form. At that time they are prompted to invite their parents to complete the form. Parents have a simpler version of registration and once linked to their child, only need to sign the form.

Coaches who invite youth over age 13 (only) to the team no longer need to accept the team member on the team as that is automatic. They can still decline the team member at any point in time if needed (as well as accept those who are registered by their parent/guardian).

The functionality of the team roster hasn’t changed (e.g., provides the status of the consent and release forms, re-invite parents, accept/decline youth)

A team with two screened Coaches will have the ability to print paper copies of the consent and release forms (Spanish or English) for parents without access to the internet.

Our goal is for the registration process to be simpler and user friendly for parents and youth. Over time we plan to enhance the system for added functionality and ease of use.

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FLL Workshop Handout

Thank you so very much for those of you who had taken the time out of your busy schedule to come to this past Saturday’s workshop.  Hope that the information provided is of help to you for this season.

Powerpoint from Workshop

 

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Parking for 9-16 FLL workshop

If you are attending the FLL Workshop at CBU on 9/16/2017 9:00 am, you will need a parking pass. Please request by email to frankn@rnsystemsdesign.com

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Update on TVA Grant

Teams, if you have not applied for the TVA grant as of yet please note that your time is running out. There are 400 grants available and 232 have already been given out (as of Sep 6th).

As a friendly reminder, you cannot apply for the grant if you have already paid your registration (sorry FIRST cannot refund your registration fee, but teams were informed of this via THIS POST)

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CBU FLL Team and Coach Workshop

There will be two workshops for FLL teams and their coaches.  Space is limited and registration and confirmation are required.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

OCTOBER 14, 2017

The workshops are identical.  They will consist of two sessions.  Session 1 will be the project and session 2 will be suggestions on how to navigate the field using sensors.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

Workshops will be in the Nolan Engineering Building, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN.

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2017-18 Team List

The “West TN Teams” List / Map has been updated for the Hydro Dynamics season. Check it out in the menu above or click here.

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Challenge Updates

Teams, make sure you are reading the CHALLENGE UPDATES…..

This weeks update, dated Sep 5 is very important when choosing a project in light of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Teams might be considering a project having to do with flooding from natural disasters…..BUT according to this weeks update:

UPDATE 4 – FLOODS
Clarification of Water Disposal

The problem your team investigates must be a part of the human water cycle. For the HYDRO DYNAMICS Project, this means “the ways people find, transport, use, and dispose of water in order to meet a specific need or desire.” Since this definition explains the path that water takes when utilized by humans, water “disposal” here refers to “wastewater,” or water that has already been used by humans in homes, industries, and businesses. Water disposal does NOT refer to the removal of floodwaters. Therefore, controlling the structural damage or immediate threats to human life caused by natural floods would NOT be appropriate topics for the Project. In order for natural flooding to be a suitable topic, it must be clearly linked to the human water cycle, and a human use of water. An example of this type of linkage might be flood contamination of a water source that will be used by humans.

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How Three Teachers Who Knew Nothing About Robotics Started a FIRST® Program

What happened when teachers without STEM experience started a FIRST LEGO League team? Three Brooklyn teachers were unsure if they had the necessary skills to coach, but they knew that the program would positively impact their students. As shared with We Are Teachers, follow the transformation of the students — and the teachers.

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