Important: FIRST COVID-19 Update

It is with deep disappointment that I share an update on the immediate suspension of the current FIRST season [including the upcoming CMOM Expo] and the cancellation of both Championship events. This decision has been made based on guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and state and local health officials, as well as the declaration of states of emergency across many states/countries, the ever-expanding travel restrictions for schools, and in light of developments over the past 24 hours.  The health and safety of our community is our top priority, so we have decided to suspend all season play across all Programs worldwide, effective immediately, including the cancellation of both FIRST Championship events. Please know that FIRST Championship registration fees will be refunded.

This difficult decision was grounded in FIRST’s commitment to put the health and safety of our community above all else. During this challenging time, we have been working closely with our program delivery partners (PDPs) and event organizers around the world to navigate and mitigate the risks to our community due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, many of our events in the United States and around the world have been canceled or postponed, including more than half of all future FIRST Robotics Competition events. We acknowledge and appreciate the thousands of teams, parents, mentors, coaches and volunteers who have poured their hearts and souls into this season, and we share your disappointment.

The mission of FIRST has always been to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, and we continue to be deeply committed to this mission. We know that you will have questions, and we will provide answers in the following days and weeks as we navigate what has been an unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

Larry Cohen, President of FIRST

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Registration for The Children’s Museum of Memphis FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expo is Open

Welcome to the BOOMTOWN BUILD(SM) season! Registration for the March 28th, 2020 FLL Jr. Expo at The Children’s Museum of Memphis is now open. Don’t delay!

An information packet is available HERE.

Your FIRST Senior Mentor has eMailed you the Registration Form (or you can download it HERE).

If your team will be present, please complete this form and email it to avis.robinson@cmom.com. Only registered teams will have tables and lunches provided on the day of the event.

If you have additional questions, please eMail Randall Phillips at RPhillips@FirstInspires.Org … allow up to 48-72 hours for a response.

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Expo at the West TN FLL Championship

Congratulations to The Jr STEMulators (FLL Jr team 20332) for your participation in the Jr Expo at the West TN FLL Championship.

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CMOM FLL Jr Expo

The West TN FLL Jr Expo will be held March 28, 2020 from 9:30am to 1pm at the Children’s Museum of Memphis (2525 Central Ave, Memphis).

Please download the Information Packet HERE.

Any questions, please contact avis.robinson@cmom.com

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FLL Jr Expo at FLL Championship

FLL Jr teams are invited to an Expo at the FLL Championship at the University of Memphis Jan 25, 2020. Here is a schedule for the day, but note that JR FLL check-in starts around 1pm and the expo begins at around 2:15pm.

Here is the schedule for the day:

For details on location, parking, food etc, please refer to the FLL West TN Tournament Manual.

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Tentative Dates for CMOM Expo

The TENTATIVE dates for the CMOM FLL Jr Expo is March 28th, 2020 (starting at aprox 10am). Registered coaches should watch their email for confirmation of the date and info on how to register for the event.

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Workshop Held

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 !

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FLL Jr Workshop September 21, 2019

Sign up to attend a workshop at CBU. There will be three simultaneous sessions.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 frankn@rnsystemsdesign.com.

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

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfr77UZPbELfXl-YCsII8Chh5CBZE-9un2y6Fep6CVN4gU9Cg/viewform?usp=sf_link

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TVR Grant Opened

It was just announced that the Tennessee Valley Robotics Grant is now opened. There is a limit to the number of grants that will be available, so apply quickly. To apply for the grant CLICK HERE.

Update: Sorry this grant window closed on Sep 10, 2019.

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Bad News / Good News

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)

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