FTC Off Season Event

FTC in Kentucky is hosting the Bluegrass Invitational Tournament for FTC to be held Fri June 14 to Sun June 15. Tennessee Teams are invited to attend. You can sign up at https://www.ftcinkentucky.org/

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Registration Opens

Registration is now opened for the 2019-20 FTC Season. See HERE for more details.

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Next years theme released

Next years theme is SKYSTONE

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Regional robotics competition held at Middle Tennessee State University

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — Knoxville based organization TNFirst held its Tech Challenge Regional Robotics Competition for the first time in middle Tennessee. 28 teams consisting of 300 middle and high school students competed for bragging rights.

Participants and their robots competed in various tasks through out the day. The event took place at Alumni Memorial Gym at Middle Tennessee State University from 11am to 7pm on Saturday.

Organizers say it gives students an opportunity to learn about engineering, business planning and designing in a hands-on environment.

Teams from Knoxville, Memphis, Tullahoma, Lawrenceburg, Oak Ridge, Shelbyville, Manchester, Nashville, Dayton, Ohio, and others will be competing.

Teams are comprised of up to 15 students per team and two to three mentors. Participants and their robots compete within a 12-by-12-foot playing field. The robot’s starting maximum dimensions, in inches, is 18 wide, 18 long and 18 high.

The robotics kit is powered by Android technology, features professional-quality software options and includes 11 motors, nine sensors, two game controllers, wireless communications, metal gears and all the building materials participants need.

This year’s game is called “Rover Ruckus,” using a 2-on-2 format played on the 12-by-12 field. Sixty matches are scheduled to rank the 28 teams, with elimination matches to determine the event winner.

The winning team of Saturday’s competition was team 8417 Lectric Legends from Lawrence, Kentucky.

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TNFIRST FTC Tennessee Regional

TN FIRST is sponsoring an FTC event. The event details and agenda (and team registration) are on our website – http://tnfirst.org/?page_id=3161

The event is the TNFIRST FTC Tennessee Regional on Feb 2, 2019 at the Alumni Gym of the Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro TN

We Need Volunteers for the Event:

Volunteers can register with FIRST HQ on the volunteer registration system and simply pick this event and role just like the FRC events.

4 queuers and a lead queuer
Two scorekeepers
2 for pit admin
1 practice field monitor
2 emcees to announce teams and 2 game announcers
Up to 12 judges

We also need some “FTC experts” in field management, field tech advisor, robot inspection.

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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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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 https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/game-and-season 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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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 rcook@firstinspires.org .
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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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