Today (Sep 21, 2019), a workshop was held at CBU for the Boomtown Build Season. Special thanks to CBU (for hosting the workshop), CBU IEEE Student Branch and to the our FIRST Senior Mentor: Randall Phillips for running the session.
We also took pictures of the event….they can be found HERE.
Thank you to all the teams, coaches and mentors for coming out today and participating…..have a Boomtown Build Season !
Sign up to attend a workshop at CBU. There will be three simultaneous sessions.
JrFLL by Randal Phillips. Jr FLL is new to Memphis. The official partner is the Children’s Museum of Memphis. Come and learn all about this exciting program for Kindergarten through Second grade. Learn how to form a team.
FLL Sensors Lab by Professor Kohn. Learn how to program each sensor in the EV3 system. Program button press, light sensor, etc. We will cover as many sensors as time allows.
FLL Line following and advanced actions by Frank Niedzwiedz. Typically, a motor is programmed for one action each run. What if you could use math and science to get one motor to do three actions? You could save travel time and increase your score!
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is limited and First Come – First served. A confirmation email will be sent to you to confirm you spot by the 20th. Register at
We have been informed that the TVA Grant has run out and is now closed.
Luckily, TN Valley Robotics has decided to pick up where TVA left off. It will take a bit for FIRST to set up the grant, but keep checking the GRANTS WEBSITE for it to open. Same rules apply (must be in TVA/TVR service area as shown in logo below)
I’m pleased to inform you that we received the funds and are ready to dispense to teams. We will
be utilizing the same process we implemented last season. Please see below:
All FIRST teams in the TVA Service Area are eligible for funding, which will cover team registration and challenge set.
Teams must begin the registration process with FIRST and hold a temporary team number, however, teams must NOT pay for registration as it will forfeit their TVA Grant. No exceptions, substitutions or refunds will be made.
A maximum of 200 TVA team grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Funds will be available until December 1, 2019 OR until team registration closes in your region/nationally OR until we reach the 200 team grant cap – whichever comes first. If we get close to reaching the 200 team cap, we will notify all Partners.
All teams interested in receiving TVA funds must submit a very short
online application to FIRST
FIRST will send grant information and the application
link to all teams that received TVA funding last season and encourage
them to apply for funds if they intend to participate this season. The
list of last season’s TVA teams that we will
contact is attached for your reference – any teams that have already
paid their registration for this season have been removed from the list.
We ask that Partners send the application link to any other teams that
are eligible for TVA funds – new/rookie teams or returning teams that
did not receive funding last season. An email template with information
and application link is attached for you to
use if you’d like
You may choose to post the TVA information and application link on your website or social media channels
TVA Grant Process
FIRST will review all grant requests each Wednesday by noon, Eastern Time.
FIRST will send the grant requests to Tennessee Valley Authority
to verify the team’s location within their service area. This process
usually takes 48 hours.
Once FIRST receives the approval back from Tennessee Valley
Authority, teams can expect the grant funds to be available within 5
Teams should expect to receive 3 emails during the application process –
1. To confirm that they have successfully submitted the application 2.
To notify them of approval and application of funds 3. Information about
recognizing/thanking TVA and the use of
the TVA logo.
Any teams that have already paid registration or are outside of the TVA services area will be referred back to the Partner.
Registration for FLL Jr will open May 8th 2019. For more information on how to register check out THIS PAGE.
NOTE: TVA has paid team registration for FLL Jr teams in their service area (including all of West TN), one catch, you CANNOT PAY THE REGISTRATION and then get the grant afterwards. So even though it is odd to say….do NOT pay for the registration, wait for the grant to become available!
Just watched the game reveal for the 2019-20 FLL, and to my surprise, FLL Jr. Next years Challenge is called “Boomtown Build” and the inspire set is a crane. I grabbed a few screen shots off my pc. Note the full challenge will be published in Aug.
Here is the video from Championship. Most of the video below is for FLL, but JR is also discussed, so you might want to watch.