Middle TN Skystone FTC Kickoff Event

Event: 2019/20 FTC SKYSTONE Kickoff
When: Sep 7, 2019
Where: Central Magnet School, 701 E Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
                 Cafeteria with parking in the annex parking area – see map
Time: 9AM to 2PM

Include team number, team name, team leader(s) names and email address, and total headcount

Pizza and soda will be provided

9:00- Welcome/ Team Introductions
9:30- Kickoff Video
9:45- Reveal the Game Setup Arena
10:00- Brainstorm game ideas
10:30- Teambuilding activity-
11:30- Lunch
12:15- FTC Workshops – sample topics below
•             Engineering Notebook Guidelines
•             Feb 8, 2020 TNFIRST FTC TN State and Regional Championship Discussion
•             Robot Design Presentation
•             Robot and Field Inspection
•             Awards Criteria
1:30- Event Wrap-up – giveaways, photos, and CLEANUP

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TVA Grant Opened for 2019-20 Season

I’m pleased to inform you that we received the funds and are ready to dispense to teams.  We will be utilizing the same process we implemented last season. Please see below:

Team Eligibility:

  • All FIRST teams in the TVA Service Area are eligible for funding, which will cover team registration and challenge set.
  • Teams must begin the registration process with FIRST and hold a temporary 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 200 TVA team grants are available on a first come, first served basis.  Funds will be available until December 1, 2019 OR until team registration closes in your region/nationally OR until we reach the 200 team grant cap – whichever comes first.  If we get close to reaching the 200 team cap, we will notify all Partners.

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.  An email template with information and application link is attached for you to use if you’d like
  • 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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Win a 2019-2020 FIRST Tech Challenge Competition Set

Prepare your team to reach new heights in SKYSTONESM presented by Qualcomm. Use your reusable competition set to reduce kit-of-part cost, stock spare parts, and add build-design flexibility.

Complete your 2019-2020 FIRST® Tech Challenge season registration before June 21, 2019, and win a TETRIX or REV competition set.

Sweepstakes package includes one (1) 2019-2020 TETRIX Competition Set or one (1) 2019-2020 REV Competition Set. If your team has already completed your FIRSTTech Challenge season registration, you are already entered into the sweepstakes. Two winners will be chosen at random from all eligible entrants on or around June 26, 2019.


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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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