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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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:
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).
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 email@example.com .