TVA Grant – Time Running Out!

Time is running out if you wish to apply for the TVA Grant (click here for details). FIRST HQ just informed us “there is a very small amount of TVA funds available after the submissions received thus far. We may be closing grant submissions earlier than anticipated.”

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TVA Grant Available

I know you have been anxiously awaiting news about the TVA grants this season, so I’m pleased to inform you that we received the funds today and are ready to dispense to teams. We will be utilizing the new process we implemented last season. However, one change is now that the registration is bundled with the challenge set, the complete bundle will be covered. Please see below:

Team Eligibility:

  • All FIRST Tech Challenge teams in the TVA Service Area are eligible for funding (that includes all of TN), which will cover the $275 Registration Fee for your team
  • Teams must begin the registration process with FIRST and hold a 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 256 TVA team grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Funds will be available until December 1, 2018 OR until team registration closes in your region/nationally OR until we reach the 256 team grant cap – whichever comes first. If we get close to reaching the 256 team cap, we will notify all Partners (and we will post it on this blog).

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.
  • 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 .
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Upcoming Season

Join our expedition into the 30th season of FIRST®! Ready your robots to explore uncharted planets in ROVER RUCKUS Presented By Qualcomm.

In the 2019 FIRST® Tech Challenge season, teams will explore STEM concepts through a challenging, and out-of-this-world space-themed game. Prepare to rouse a ruckus and take your team on an adventure when the new season launches September, 8th at 12 noon ET.

Season Teaser:

See for Game and Season Info.

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Changes to the FIRST Dashboard


Please note that on Monday, July 30, 2018, the FIRST registration site will be down for maintenance until the afternoon. This is for the deployment of the new FIRST storefront features which will enable FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. and FIRST® LEGO® League teams to purchase their robot sets along with team registration.

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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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Registration is now Opened

Registration is now opened for the 2018-19 Rover Ruckus Season.

Coaches can register their teams via their DASHBOARD

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FTC Scrimmage

Team Impact 10034 is planning a scrimmage Saturday, Feb 3rd from 9am – 3pm at Schilling Farms Middle School. The address is 935 S Colbert St, Collierville, TN 38017. A Food truck will be there from 11-1:00. Please email if you wish to attend or have questions about the scrimmage.

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Jump Start

FIRST® Tech Challenge Jump Start provides resources for new teams to prepare for a successful 2018/2019 season. Teams get a head start on learning robot building and programming, the FIRST Tech Challenge curriculum, and a full credit to the 2018/2019 season registration. FIRST Tech Challenge Jump Start offers need-based grants and is open through March 30.


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Game Released

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More info HERE

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CBHS FTC Robotics Team Finishes 2nd at Regional

From: CBHS News

The CBHS Electric Wave Robotics Team competed in the FTC Alabama State Championship Jan. 21 in Huntsville, Alabama. Against tough competition from Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and West Virginia, CBHS placed second out of 23 teams. The Electric Wave were led by junior Morgan Trexler, while seniors Dawson Lee and Teddy Owen drove our robot.

The FIRST Tech Challenge Velocity Vortex competition was run by the FIRST organization, founded in 1992 to get high school students interested in STEM careers. The 2016-17 FTC season was the fourth – and most successful – season for CBHS. The team is comprised of seniors Dawson Lee and Teddy Owen; juniors Alexander Tsirgiotis, Morgan Trexler, Luke Johnston, and Ross Johnston; sophomore Wes Jackson; and freshmen Jay Schaffler and David Hernandez. The Robotics Team faculty advisors are math and engineering teachers Allen Higginbotham, Silas Njoroge, and Dana Vaughn.

For this year’s game, the boys were challenged to build a robot that had to complete several tasks in a two-and-a-half-minute game. To encourage the students to learn about STEM, it was required that the robot was solely student-designed and built; the adult moderators only provided advice and expertise.

This year, the Electric Wave competed in two competitions. On December 3, the boys travelled to Mountain Home, Arkansas to take part in the Arkansas State Championship. At this early stage in the season, our robot (nicknamed “Danger Zone”) suffered from a few technical issues. Despite the early setbacks, the team proved to be excellent young engineers. Throughout the day, the boys came up with clever solutions as problems arose with the robot. In the end, the boys persevered and finished 13th in a field of 29.

After Mountain Home, the team refined the design of “Danger Zone” in preparation for Alabama State Championship in Huntsville. With nearly two months to improve their robot, the Electric Wave went to Huntsville with its most competitive robot ever. With the improvements made by the boys, the Electric Wave quickly emerged as a contender for the Alabama State title. In six qualifying matches, the Electric Wave went 5-1 winning most of their matches decisively. After their dominating qualifying performance, the Electric Wave advanced to the semifinal. An easy win in the semifinal and the Electric Wave was set up for the final. Unfortunately, the boys were narrowly defeated in the final 2 matches to 1 by one of the top teams in the region, the “Apex Predators” from Middle Tennessee.

Congratulations to the entire CBHS Robotics Team for their hard work and dedication.

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