Students across West Tennessee compete in FIRST LEGO League Championship

From: WREG

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — LEGO loving students gathered Saturday at the University of Memphis to compete in robotic games.

FIRST (“For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”) LEGO League is a robotics competition for students in grades 4 through 8.

Special Education teacher Chris Stallings of Barret’s Chapel Elementary School is one of the coaches of the many who attended.

“Oh yeah, I think they said they are up to 50 teams here today, up to ten kids on each team,” Stallings said.

Stallings said the teams receive their LEGO robotics in August along with the year’s theme.

This year it was hydrodynamics.

“So kids have to think of a way to save water, a new invention,” Stallings said.

Students don’t have to enjoy coding or robotics to join the club.

Fourth-grader Jayden Kainsey says he ended up designing his team’s shirts.

“There is a place for everybody on the teams,” Stallings said.

One part of the competition consists of putting together a presentation on their core values, where they tell the judges how they worked together.

The second part of the competition is the robotics, where the robot must leave from a starting position, finish a set of challenges and return to the starting position without errors and within the time limit.

Finally, they do a presentation on the theme and how they would address it.

Photojournalist Ian Ripple contributed to this report.

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West TN FLL Championship News

It looks like we are going to get a break in the weather and the West TN FLL Championship will not be canceled or delayed.

Coaches should have received an email with information about the event. If you did not receive an email, check your spam folder, if it is not there, please email us at memphisfirstteams@gmail.com to let us know and we will resend it.

Since the event will be larger than normal (due to the cancellation of the CBHS Qualifier) we are in need of volunteers. If you can help out for the day, please let us know (memphisfirstteams@gmail.com). Lunch will be provided for volunteers.

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CBHS Event Canceled

Did someone do their Hydrodynamics project on Snow / Ice Removal? But all kidding aside…..

We have decided to cancel tomorrow’s CBHS Qualifier. Although the weather system has passed, it is doubtful the roads will be safe tomorrow morning and we just do not want to risk it.

I am sure you are asking….what about the teams? They worked so hard this year……

Since this was no fault of the teams, we have decided to extend an invitation to the West TN Championship to all the teams that were registered to attend the CBHS event.

In an effort to keep the event end time approximately the same, we are looking for additional judges to help out for the day to handle the additional teams. If you would like to help out, please contact us using the form to the right…..

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Weather and CBHS Qualifier

With the winter weather threat and with some school closings already announced for Friday, we are getting inquiries from teams about the weather cancellation procedure for the CBHS Qualifier scheduled for Saturday Jan 13th.

We are hoping the event will not be affected, but if it is, Team coaches will receive an email informing them of any change in schedule or cancellation of the event via the memphisfirstteams@gmail.com email account. We will also post any announcements to this website (provided the power does not go out in midtown where our server is located). Coaches, please make sure you have a procedure in place to ensure all team members are informed of any change or cancellation.

Your teams safety is our primary concern. Please stay safe!

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CBHS Qualifier

The CBHS qualifier has been rescheduled for January 13th!

Due to the funeral for Dean Emeritus George Pratt.


From: WMC Action News

Longtime Christian Brothers High School Dean of Students George Pratt died at the age of 70.

Pratt graduated from CBHS in 1965 and served as dean for over 46 years.

He was named dean emeritus before the 2017-18 school year.

Pratt also served as a math teacher, basketball coach, football coach, and baseball coach at CBHS.

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CBU Qualifier Held

On Dec 16, 2017 the 3rd qualifiers was held at Christian Brothers University in Memphis TN. 16 Teams participated in this qualifier. Congratulations to all the award winners and those moving on to the West TN FLL Championship.

Awards + Going to Championship
35168 – Presbyterian Day School 2 Champions’ Award
22139 – STEAM Punks Project Award
32670 – Rohirrim in Training Robot Design
7537 – St. Francis Blue Core Values Award
32302 – Golden Paws Robot Performance

Additional Teams going to Championship
15106 – Cordova Cougar Cubs Blue  
15134 – STEAM Rollers  
20313 – Cougar Cogwheels  
24218 – Cordova Cougar Cubs Red  
27078 – Presbyterian Day School 1  
33505 – Eaglebots Purple  
33506 – Eaglebots White  

Alternates
31526 – Trinity Lions Robotics Team  
32043 – Incarnation Catholic School  

Coaches, be on the lookout for an email containing links to your team’s rubrics (will be sent out shortly (this notice will be updated when sent)

Robot Round scores can be viewed HERE.

West TN FLL would like to thank Christian Brothers University for hosting the event, Patrick McGinnis for coordinating the event, CBU students from Omega Delta Chapter of Theta Tau and the IEEE Student Branch for doing all the setup and tare-down, all the coaches and parents, and most especially the volunteers, judges and refs for their time and effort.

Pictures from the event can be found at: http://tech-uofm.info/fall_2017/Events/CBU_FLL/

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Southwest TN Community College Qualifier Held

On Dec 9, 2017 the 2nd of this season’s qualifiers was held at Southwest Community College in Memphis TN. 12 Teams participated in this qualifier. Congratulations to all the award winners and those moving on to the West TN FLL Championship.

Awards + Going to Championship
10170 – Epicteam Champions’ Award
31739 – Sparkling Waters Project Award
15496 – Space Bears Robot Design and Robot Performance
34179 – EagleBots 4A Core Values Award

Additional Teams going to Championship
24835 – PyroPandas  
35164 – EagleBots 4b  
35511 – MYTT BRICK SQUAD  
30036 – St. Marys Blue Angels  

Alternates
33338 – EagleBots 5B  
33341 – EagleBots 5A  

Coaches, should have received an email containing links to the team judging rubrics. If you have not received the email, please check your spam folder and if it is not there, please use the “Contact Us” form (to the right) to let us know and we will send them out to you.

Robot Round scores can be viewed HERE.

West TN FLL would like to thank Chris Rogers (who was the organizer of the event), Southwest TN Community College (for hosting), the coaches of all the teams, the faculty and staff of SWCC and most especially the volunteers, judges and refs for their time and effort.

Pictures from the event are at: http://tech-uofm.info/fall_2017/Events/SWCC_FLL/ (please note more pictures will be available after qualifiers have been completed).

Medallions – as you are aware, some teams received the wrong medallions at the event. Coaches please check you email for a message on how to obtain the “Hydrodynamics” medallions for your team. If you did not receive the email, please use the “Contact Us” form to the right to let us know you did not receive the email.

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Clarksville Qualifier Held

On Dec 2, 2017 the first Qualifier for the West TN FLL Championship was held at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. 14 teams participated in the event. Congratulations to all award Winners and those moving on to the West TN FLL Championship!

Awards + Going to Championship
786 – E3 Strike Champions’ Award
783 – E3 Spark Project Award
27514 – Hawkbotics – Black Robot Design and Robot Performance Awards
32627 – 2D ROBOTS Core Values Award

Additional Teams going to Championship
4570 – Hawkbotics – Gold
12366 – Richview Robotics
23350 – Cowboy Robotics
34077 – Mustangs Blue #6804

Alternates
5737 – MCMS Lego Robotics
13439 – Camo Robocoyotes

Coaches should have received an email with links to the teams judging rubrics. If you have not received them, first check your spam folder for items from flltournament.com, if you still cant find them please use the “Contact us” form to the right to request they be resent (please include team number and qualifier you attended)

Robot Round scores can be viewed HERE.

West TN FLL would like to thank Todd Taylor (who was the organizer of the event), Austin Peay State University (for hosting), the coaches of all the teams, and most especially the volunteers, judges and refs for their time and effort.

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Jackson FLL Workshop a SUCCESS!

The first FLL workshop in the Jackson area was held last Saturday (October 28th). Area students were able to develop their programming skills including programing their robots to follow a line, a more advanced robot tasks required for a successful FLL season.

Thanks to Dr Reddick who hosted the event at the UofM Lambuth campus. We would also like to thank Dr. Londino who assisted at the workshop and is mentoring the St Mary’s FLL team.

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Did you know?

Coaches, need to learn more about EV3 Programming? Did you know that Linda.Com has a course on EV3’s? Did you know if you have a Memphis Library Card you have access to Linda.com for FREE.

Go HERE to access Linda.com though the Memphis Library Website (you will need your card number and your pin number to log in). Once you are logged in, search for EV3 Robot or click here.

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