Professional Development

FIRST Education is hitting the road this summer and may be coming to a city near you! Gather your colleagues and join us in one of three cities for a fun and valuable two-day training event:

  • Atlanta, Georgia: July 24-25 – North Springs Charter High School
  • Compton, California: August 6-7 – site TBD
  • Manchester, New Hampshire: August 21-22 – FIRST® Place

*Participants will receive a certificate for CEU credits upon completion of the 14-hour course.

Click here for more information and to register.

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May Newsletter

To All,

Thank you for your support for this past season.  Attached is a newsletter to summarize this year’s events and for next year’s theme and news.  Have a Great Summer! FLL Team
May Newsletter

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Registration Now Opened

Registration for FLL Teams for the Into Orbit Season is NOW OPENED

Coaches can register their teams via their dashboard.

To learn about the upcoming season CLICK HERE

Please make sure you read A FEW NOTES for info on the TVA Grant and other important info.

Again, it is suggested you register, but do not pay, while TVA works out the details of the grant for this season.

If you wish to register an existing team, but do not have access to the account, please contact us at and we will assist you.

Additional Info from FIRST:

FIRST Launch 2019 Mission Updates
FIRST LEGO League Jr. and FIRST LEGO League

Global Challenge Release for FIRST LEGO League Jr. and FIRST LEGO League programs this year is set for August 1, 2018

Find product and pricing information here (FIRST LEGO League Jr.) and here (FIRST LEGO League) [please note – the $75 Regional Activity Fee is still in effect for the West TN FLL Region].

FIRST LEGO League Jr. and FIRST LEGO League materials

Inspire Sets and Challenge Sets are anticipated to arrive in the United States by mid-July and will ship to customers immediately upon arrival.


FIRST LEGO League team registration will include their Challenge Set. FIRST LEGO League Season Pass registrations will not include a competitive team option. Coaches interested in advancing a team or team to an official event should register for the desired number of individual teams.

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New Unified FIRST Core Values Announced

To further the goal of a continuous program from Kindergarten to the senior year of high school, FIRST has unified the Core Values across all the programs. The New Core Values are below:

FIRST Core Values

We express the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition through our Core Values:

  • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
  • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
  • Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.
  • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
  • Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
  • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!

This will replace the old FLL Core Values shown below:

FIRST® LEGO® League Core Values:
▲ We are a team.
▲ We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our Coaches and Mentors.
▲ We know our Coaches and Mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.
▲ We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
▲ What we discover is more important than what we win.
▲ We share our experiences with others.
▲ We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.
▲ We have FUN

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FLL in Tennessee

Although it has NO impact on FLL in West TN, a new FLL Region has been formed that includes North Georgia and South East TN.

The New Region is in yellow in the images below:

The region will be run by Greater Chattanooga Robotics

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New Contest: Design an Epic Trophy

This is from a Lego Ideas Newsletter but I though it would be of interest to FLL teams:

It’s time for another contest! This time we’ve teamed up with the LEGO Education and FIRST LEGO League to bring you the inspiring opportunity to make your mark on FIRST LEGO League history as your winning design will be adapted into the next trophy that will be given to winners at the World Festival event. The Grand Prize also includes a copy of the final trophy, as well as win a 21309 LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V and a $400 USD shopping spree on

Submissions are open until the 31st May, 2018 at 6am EST.

Learn more about this contest and start designing!

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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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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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