STEM Virtual Academy
Career and Technology Center
3206 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38111
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!
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
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.
On Jan 30, 2016, the East High School Mech-Warriors (FTC Team 10281) held an open house. The open house was to show their work on this year’s robot, rally local support, recruit mentors and sponsors and to spread the word of FTC to the community.
They are still looking for additional sponsors to help them get to the Arkansas Regional FTC Competition. If you would like to help, please contact FTC Coach Marion Anderson at email@example.com.
FIRST® Tech Challenge New Team Grant
Ends on 4/15/2016
We have received a generous donation to help us get more young people involved in our life-changing programs – making now the perfect time to participate in real-life, relevant, hands-on STEM activities that are also designed to develop critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, and teamwork.
The FREE Robotics Kit includes a FIRST Tech Challenge Competition Robot Kit and complimentary registration for the current and 2016-17 seasons.
Join a vibrant community of over 400,000 participants and take advantage of tremendous support resources offered by FIRST. No prior experience with robotics is necessary.
Up to four grants will be awarded each week through April 15, 2016. The sooner you enter, the greater the chance you have to win!
On Saturday September 12 2015 for the first time, the public watched the 2015-2016 FIRST Tech Challenge(FTC) Game Animation Kickoff video and demonstration robots at the Collierville reads STEM event at Collierville Public Library.
At the same time, students, teachers, and FTC mentors attended a Kickoff viewing and planning session hosted by East STEM Academy. Students from East STEM and Manassas attended. They are pictured below in photos by Lee Cole, mentor to the Bolton Team.
Intently watching the Game Animation video.
What the students saw.
Students carry out analysis of the game they just learned about.
… and this!
Between analysis and design, students have food for thought.
Based on the analysis of the game, students concoct a first design for a competition robot.
Just days later, the students had setup the 12′ square competition field in their classroom and were well into building their robot according to the plan.
October – March – Regular Season. If you would like to get the SCS FTC competition field at your school for your team to practice, or to invite other teams for a scrimmage, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday January 16 – Memphis FTC Scrimmage at CBHS(Christian Brothers High School)
March 9 – 11, 2016 – Super-Regional San Antonio Texas
optional, $500 fee to enter and must have attended a qualifier tournament
April 27-30 – World Championship St. Louis Missouri
optional, must qualify at Super-Regional
Modern Robotics of Miami, Florida recently unveiled its new Android-powered robot platform. The system is designed for the First Tech Challenge, but can be purchased by anyone interested in building a bot that can be operated via cell phone.
Stephen Barker, CEO and co-founder of Modern Robotics, says leveraging the power of cell phones makes the new systems far more powerful, moving them from Megabits and Megahertz, to Gigabits and Gigahertz. Barker says the new system also offers a price advantage, noting that while the NXT and EV3 controllers sell for upwards of $170, a new prepaid Android phone can be purchased for as little as $45.
The Modern Robotics team has been working with First ever since the contest stopped using the Vex system. To create the latest kits, they brought Qualcomm into the mix, as well.
The new platform uses Java, so LabVIEW and Robot C are not required. This should bring down costs considerably for most teams. Hooking up hardware is easier, too. “If you want to add additional sensors, you can just plug it in!” Barker says. Everything connects via USB.
The new system is offered in two packages: the Base Kit or the Full Kit. “If they are a veteran team, then they already have controllers and so on from the previous year. So we have a package that includes the minimum amount of equipment they need to come up with for a competitive platform,” Barker says of the Base Kit. This kit includes a Modern Robotics Power Distribution Module, a Modern Robotics Legacy Module, and appropriate cables. The Legacy Module has 6 NXT compatible ports, so users can plug in any sensors or other hardware that works with an NXT system. The Power Distribution module works just as its name suggests, sending 12 Volts of power to whatever controllers the team adds to their system. Users can plug other modules into the 7 port USB hub, and also connect it directly to their Android phone.
“One of the reasons we wanted to include the hub in our system was that all USB hubs are not created equal. Many hubs don’t work very well, especially when trying to run multiple devices,” says Barker. The hub in Modern Robotics kits, he adds, has a “well proven design” that is ideal for First.
Rookie teams or those who want to fully switch to the new Modern Robotics system can pick up the Full Kit, which includes everything in the Base Kit, plus two motor controllers, a servo controller, a Core Device Interface, a touch sensor, an optical distance sensor, an IRSeeker V3 Sensor, and extra cables.