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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Boomtown Build Kickoff Video

Full details about the season can be found at: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/flljr/challenge-and-season

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Twitch Broadcast

There will be a Twitch broadcast to walk teams through all FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. materials, tentatively scheduled for August 15 at noon ET. Stay tuned for more information.

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TVA Grant Opened for 2019-20 Season

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:

Team Eligibility:

  • 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.

Next Steps:

  • 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 business days.
  • 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.
  • Any questions regarding this process should be directed to Ryanne Cook at rcook@firstinspires.org .
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Registration Opens

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!

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News from Championship

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.

We are LIVE from the FIRST Championships in Houston, Texas (USA) for the reveal of a new mat and new architecture sets for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr., developed to build curiosity around architecture. We're excited to hear what you think. Comment below! #CITYSHAPER #BOOMTOWNBUILD #FIRSTChamp #LEGOconfidence

Posted by LEGO Education on Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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