FTC JumpStart Program

Know anyone who might be interested in starting a FIRST Tech Challenge team? Would they like a FREE team registration? Join the JumpStart program. You can start a team now, without the pressure of competition, and get connected to curriculum, events and other teams in the FIRST Tech Challenge community. And, when you register this year, you’ll get a FREE registration for next year.

Go to firstinspires.org, visit the FIRST Tech Challenge page and choose “start a team” for information.

If available to show a URL, more information can be found here: http://info.firstinspires.org/jumpstart

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The Robotics Club / FTC Team #10391 at Lausanne School hosted an FTC Kickoff Party on September 10th.

Here are some pictures from the event:

Thanks to Lausanne for hosting!

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2016-2017 FIRST Tech Challenge 2016-17 Game


Please note that for convenience I have started the video at the game reveal, but please go back and watch the full video in the entirety! Your team should know about the sponsors, scholarship opportunities and Gracious Professionalism!

All the game materials are available from: http://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/ftc/game-and-season-info

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Kickoff Watch Party

The Robotics Club / FTC Team #10391 at Lausanne School will be hosting an FTC Kickoff Party September 10th, 10:30am – 2:30pm. It will be in the alumni dining hall (back of the cafeteria, there will be someone directing people). Pizza will be available for $2 a person. Teams must RSVP before they come, as we have a 150 person limit. Please RSVP by Thursday, September 8th.

Contact HKim17@lausanneschool.com to RSVP or if you have any questions.

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FTC Kickoff


Are you hosting a kickoff watch party in Memphis? If you are and want to invite other teams, please let me know at memphisfirstteams@gmail.com and I will post it to this blog.

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Shelby County students battle it out in First Tech Challenge | WREG.com


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Off Season Event

FIRST Re-ResQ – Our Inaugural Off-season Event

Thanks to FTC #8651 – Wait For It, we are going to hold our first FTC off-season event in Mississippi. It will be a replay of this past year’s game FIRST ResQ which is why it is called:


It will be a robot competition only – no formal judging, however, we will be watching for good team practices (GP, sharing parts, etc.) and may award for observed good behaviors. We will also have an inspection, so keep your robots legal.

When: Event date is August 20th from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (pre-inspection and practice on 8/19 from 3:00-4:30)

Where: Rankin County Multi-Purpose Pavilion (651 Marquette Rd; Brandon, MS 39042)

Who: Open to all teams, however Mississippi FTC teams have a priority deadline to register (good opportunity for rookie teams to pair with a veteran as well).

Registration: Only $50/team (payable to Rankin Robotics) and will open on June 1 on the Mississippi FTC Webpage.

For more information or questions, contact Mannie Lowe (mlowe@olemiss.edu) or Sherry Stewart (rankinrobotics@gmail.com)

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Local FTC Scrimmage and Open House

You are invited!
Saturday May 21
9AM – 1PM

STEM Virtual Academy
Career and Technology Center
3206 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38111

Parking Info
Park in lot off Walnut Grove
Entrance on west side

East High School will be hosting the first local FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) RES-Q competition. All local schools are invited to participate. The scrimmage is open to all community spectators with a meet and mingle directly after until 1PM.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization with teams comprised of students, professional mentors, and team coach.

Come meet the innovators of tomorrow challenge each other in some friendly competition!

Contact info@easthighmechwarriors.com

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New Team Registration Site – Coming Soon


We are excited to announce the upcoming release of the NEW Team Registration portion of our website, which will replace the existing Team Information Management Systems (TIMS). With this change, the need for four separate program Team registration systems goes away – the new team registration is now an extension of firstinspires.org website. The new team registration process will make it much easier for Coaches and Mentors to create and manage their teams. This will allow them to reduce time on administrative activities, giving them more time to spend mentoring their teams.


Features of the new process include:

  • Simple easy-to-use “wizard” approach to all program registrations
  • Reduced data requirements and streamlined entry choices
  • Simple dashboard serves as a launch point for all registration-related processes and shows the overall status of the user’s teams across all four FIRST programs (e.g. If a Coach has a FIRST® LEGO® League Team and a FIRST® Tech Challenge Team they will have visibility into status of each team from one location)
  • The ability to register, pay for, and manage teams using a common workflow for all four FIRST programs
  • New easy-to-use payment and grant processing functionality provides visibility to grants awarded and the ability to pay for multiple teams at once
  • System is optimized for both desktop and smartphone browsers

Launch Schedule:

The new site will be launched with our FIRST® LEGO® League season opening on May 10th and then will be available for the opening of the other programs seasons:

  • FIRST® Tech Challenge on May 18th
  • FIRST® Robotics Competition on May 19th
  • FIRST ®LEGO League Jr. on August 1st

All existing user accounts will remain the same, and all existing teams will be rolled forward to the new season as we normally do at this time of year and will be accessible from the new site. You can view example pages from the new site here.

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