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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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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FTC Kickoff Party

Lynx Robotics #10391 at Lausanne Collegiate School will be hosting an FTC Kickoff Party September 9th, 11:00am – 1:30pm. It will be in the alumni dining hall (back of the cafeteria, there will be someone directing people). Teams must RSVP before they come, as we have a 150 person limit. Please RSVP by , Wednesday September 6th.

Contact for more details and to RSVP

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TVA Grant – Action Required!

FIRST HQ is pleased to inform you that we received the funds today and are ready to dispense to teams. We’ve implemented a new process this season that will expedite funds and disburse to teams directly.

Team Eligibility:

  • All FIRST Tech Challenge Teams in the TVA Service Area are eligible for funding ($275 per team)
  • TVA Service Area

  • 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 400 TVA team grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Funds will be available until December 1, 2017 OR until team registration closes in your region/nationally OR until we reach the 400 team grant cap – whichever comes first. If we get close to reaching the 400 team cap, an update will be posted on this website.

Next Steps:

  • All teams interested in receiving TVA funds must submit a very short online application to FIRST
  • If you received the TVA funding last year, you should have have already received these instructions via email.

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.

[please note: the info above was derived from an email sent to FLL teams and has been edited…..some of the dates and deadlines might be slightly different to better fit the FTC Season. Check with FIRST HQ for full details – do not assume the above is 100% accurate]

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Team Registration for 2017-18 Season Opened

Did you know that team registration is now opened for the 2017-18 robotics season?

It opened on Thursday, May 11 at 12:00 P.M. ET.

To help you get started, FIRST was streamlined the registration website, and now offer:

  • A simplified dashboard with reminders to keep you on track
  • Improvements to our Coach screening process. Two Youth Protection Plan (YPP) screened Coaches are still required to manage the team roster and begin meeting with youth, but now Coaches and administrators can create teams, pay, and order products while they are completing the screening process.

To register your team log into your account at:

Please email us or call (800) 871-8326, extension 0 with any questions. See you soon for an exciting 2017-2018 season!

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Need-Based Grants Available

Need-based FIRST® Tech Challenge grants are available for new and returning teams – making now the perfect time to sign up for hands-on STEM activities. LEARN MORE »

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